Donald Trump wants to bring Sarah Palin with him to the White House.
The Republican presidential candidate and billionaire real estate mogul said on Tuesday that he’d be ecstatic to include Palin in his cabinet if he’s elected to the nation’s highest office.
“I’d love that. Because she really is somebody who knows what’s happening and she’s a special person,” Trump said of the failed 2008 vice presidential candidate and former half-term governor of Alaska. He made the remarks on Sarah Palin’s Mama Grizzly Radio’s “The Palin Update with Kevin Scholla.”
Trump noted the two of them share a similar experience of coming under fire from the media.
“One of the things I most admire so much about her is that she took so much nonsense, lies, disgusting lies,” the GOPer said. “And she handles it so well. She’s tough and smart and just a great woman.”
Trump has been at the top of the Republican presidential field in several recent polls, even after making controversial remarks about undocumented immigrants and Sen. John McCain’s war record.
Palin, who ran on McCain’s ticket in 2008, is also a fan of “The Donald.” After Trump was criticized for questioning McCain’s status of a war hero, Palin called both men “heroes” last week on CNN and blamed the controversy on a “media-driven wedge.” She added Trump was “giving voice to untold millions of fed-up Americans.”
When Trump announced his candidacy last month, Palin applauded him in a Facebook post for making “the malcontents go ballistic in the press” and said his “success is testament to the job-creating achievements made possible when one applies the courageous and tenacious pro-private sector precepts we need to fire up the economy.”
The two conservative firebrands have been friendly for years. In 2011, when Palin was still weighing a possible presidential run, she and Trump met for a photo-op at a New York City pizza place together. Following Palin’s most recent praise, Trump invited her on another pizza outing on Twitter.