There was no ecstasy in the crowd when the former Alaska governor and vice presidential nominee endorsed Republican front-runner Donald Trump at a rally in Ames, Iowa, on Tuesday night.
"What my own son is going through, what he is going through coming back, I can relate to other families who feel ramifications of PTSD and some of the woundedness that our soldiers do return with", she told the audience at a rally for Donald Trump in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
"It's kind of the elephant in the room", she began. Track Palin was charged with assault, interfering with the report of a domestic violence crime and possessing a weapon while intoxicated in connection with the incident. "My son, like so many others, they come back a bit different". It's a shame that our military personnel even have to wonder, even have to question if they're respected anymore. "And that starts from the top".
The several conservative pundits and strategists have sounded off about Palin's endorsement, warning that it could backfire on a movement that has struggled to define itself within the parameters of a 2016 presidential race that had thoroughly upended convention. Trump said at a rally over the summer. Ted Cruz, describing Tuesday as "a good day for Trump". "And I think it has to do with more than ethanol", Trump said Wednesday, when he praised Branstad as "an awesome guy".
United States media indeed have had a field day with Palin's appearance in the Trump spotlight.
During his remarks in Iowa on Wednesday, Trump also zeroed in on Cruz, offering some of his most pointed attack lines yet. In addition to repeating questions about whether Trump's Canadian birth makes him ineligible to be president, he also pointed to bank loans Cruz failed to disclose.
Madden also said Palin's support could help shield Trump from charges that his past positions make him too liberal to be the GOP nominee, "giving Trump some rhetorical cover from a conservative validator in the eyes of many grassroots conservatives".
"I could care less" about Palin's support for Trump, said Scott Heckart, 49, who said he had made up his mind to caucus for the billionaire businessman and former reality TV star.
American conservatives watching and sometimes wincing as "Mama Grizzly" Sarah Palin threw her support to Donald Trump were left wondering whether their movement to reclaim the White House in 2016 had received a shot in the arm - or to the heart.
"Are you ready for a commander-in-chief, you ready for a commander-in-chief who will let our warriors do their job and go kick ISIS's ass?"
Even Cruz, who lost out to Trump for her endorsement, acknowledged Palin is capable of having an impact.
"Oh, my goodness gracious". "Who are they to tell us that we're not conservative enough?... What the heck would the establishment know about conservativism?" she said.