Sarah Palin told CNN that she knows of two heroes in politics right now – her former running mate Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and the man he can’t seem to agree with – Donald Trump.
Palin, the 2008 Republican vice president nominee, told CNN on Monday that both men are heroes in the middle of a war of words fueled by the media.
“Sen. McCain dedicated his life to serving our country, and in my humble opinion the sacrifices made by all ethical service members are heroic – putting it all on the line to defend freedom IS heroic – and Donald Trump is a hero in another arena,” Palin told CNN, in an email.
“Both men have more in common than the today’s media hype would have you believe. Both blazed trails in their careers and love our great nation,” she said.
McCain has said Trump, who is running for the GOP presidential nomination, “fired up the crazies” and called other politicians in his party “whacko birds.” Trump said that he does not consider McCain a war hero because he was captured and spent five years as a prisoner in Vietnam.
Palin also threw a little shade at McCain.
“Everywhere I go,” she told CNN, “hard-working patriotic Americans – not ‘crazies’ or ‘wacko birds’ – ask me to pass on to Mr. Trump encouragement to keep educating the masses about true ramifications of illegal immigration, and in general the real state of our union.”