Sarah Palin, the former Republican nominee for vice president and all-around pot stirrer, dropped a big hint on Tuesday, saying she “hopefully” will run for office again “in the future.”
“Hey, the more they’re pouring it on, the more I’m going to bug the crap out of them by being out there, with a voice, with the message, Hopefully running for office in the future too,” she said, speaking to the Fox Business Network.
Palin said she was heartened and motivated by those who don’t like her.
“Bless their hearts, those haters out there. They don’t understand that it invigorates me. It wants me to get out there and defend the innocent,” she said. “It makes me want to work so hard for justice in this country!”
Since resigning from the Alaska governorship in 2009 with 18 months left in her term, Palin hasn’t sought office, declining to run for president in 2012, instead working as a pundit for Fox News and starring in reality television shows.
Recent polling shows that if Palin were to run in her home state of Alaska, she might have a rough go of it: Just 36% of Alaska voters have a favorable opinion of the tea party firebrand, while 55% view her negatively, according to an August poll by the left-leaning polling firm, Public Policy Polling.
Still, she’s remained a mainstay speaker and pundit for the far right, something she’s been focusing on particularly since launching an online, subscription-based television channel, SarahPalinChannel.com. In recent months, Palin has offered her opinion on everything from midterms to ISIS. On Tuesday, she slammed the “liberal federal government” for growing their “authority” and demanding the president better listen to the medical community, despite the fact the White House has been urging calm and encouraging states not to implement the kind of mandatory quarantines experts say are medically unnecessary.
Palin in her family also recently made headlines for engaging in a brawl and was widely criticized for it. (According to gossip columnists, Palin shouted “Do you know who I am?!” during the feud.)
In her Tuesday interview, Palin condemned criticism as the “politics of personal destruction,” stemming from “very, very intolerant” liberals.