Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin called her last dealings with her former presidential running mate and his family, the late Sen. John McCain “kind of a gut punch.”
Speaking with Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid of “Good Morning Britain” from her home in Wasilla, Alaska on Monday Palin spoke to both the McCain family and her opinions on the current president, Donald Trump, who she said has had “a wonderful two years,” according to The DailyMail.
When talking about her recent dealings with the McCain family, Palin said, “It’s been bizarre. When I was tapped to run as the first woman VP candidate on the Republican ticket, I had nearly 90 percent approval rating as the governor of the largest state.
“It made sense to me and my supporters why John McCain did tap me. But, yeah, once getting out there on that national stage and realizing that there are so many snakes in politics, they are so many snakes in the Republican Party who were running the show and allowing me to get clobbered.
“They were looking for someone to blame for their really crappy type of campaign that they ran. I was a scapegoat.
“That’s in the past though…sometimes you win, sometimes you learn and I certainly learned through that.”
During the interview, Palin was asked why she didn’t attend McCain’s funeral last September to which Palin responded that she didn’t attend because she “wasn’t invited.”
“I wasn’t invited. [I would have gone] because I am a respectful person…I was kind of surprised to be publicly disinvited to the funeral.
“They didn’t have to embarrass me and others, it wasn’t just me it was other people from our campaign back in 2008… it’s kind of a gut punch,” Palin went on.
While it’s not entirely clear why the McCain family had the reaction to Palin that they did, it could have to do with her positive view of the president, who the former VP candidate said she believes has a good chance of being reelected, because there’s no other candidate that “comes close” to the current president.
“Consider what Trump has been able to accomplish, despite it being a three against one game going on here,” Palin said.
“You have the Democrats, the media, which is complicit with the Democratic shenanigans and then you have obstructionists in his own party, and despite that the President has enough support of the people, the average forgotten man and woman of America. He has had, relatively speaking, a reasonably wonderful two years.”