That sound you hear is hearts breaking everywhere after Donald Trump told the Washington Examiner that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin can’t attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland because it’s simply too far away.
Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee who’s been a huge cheerleader for Trump, was a logical choice for a convention speaker. But Trump said that she could not swing the 11-hour flight from her home in Alaska.
“She was asked,” Trump told the Washington Examiner in a Thursday interview. “It’s a little bit difficult because of where she is. We love Sarah. Little bit difficult because of, you know, it’s a long ways away.”
So Palin, who endorsed Trump in January and has praised him in blog posts and speeches, won’t not bear witness to the ranks of Trump’s unconventional convention speakers, including Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White and Christian football star Tim Tebow.
But she’s not the only well-known GOPer to skip out on this year’s convention, either, as many lawmakers cited motivations as varied as having to mow the lawn and watching dumpster fires in opting to stay home this year.