Rep. Louie Gohmert (R) on Monday defended former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s (R) portrayal in a Saturday Night Live sketch from 2008 that poked fun at Palin’s foreign policy views concerning Russia.
“There’s many in the United States that actually believe Sarah Palin said, ‘and I can see Russia from my house,'” Gohmert said on the House floor. “It was a very clever sketch, it was funny. I laughed when I saw it. But I also knew how intelligent and what a great leader and Governor Sarah Palin had been and what a great leader she is.”
In the SNL skit, Tina Fey plays Palin and pokes fun at the governor’s response to an interview question from ABC’s Charlie Gibson about how her proximity to Russia in Alaska gives her insight into the country.
“They’re our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska,” she said in the interview.
Gohmert said he wanted to make sure people had an accurate understanding of Palin’s foreign policy chops.
“I just wanted to set the record straight so people will understand and the Congressional Record will properly reflect how prescient that Sarah Palin has been in the past,” he said Monday.
Watch his speech on the House floor via Raw Story: