Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin took the stage in Ames, Iowa, Monday to announce her pick for the Republican nomination. "I'm here to support the next president of the United States," she told the crowd. "Donald Trump."
"Everybody was trying to get Sarah. Everybody wanted that endorsement," Trump later said on the Today Show. But was there ever any doubt that her vote belonged to Trump, and Trump alone? Those two go together like peanut butter and elk meat. Poor Ted Cruz never stood a chance.
First things first: This is a match that was written in the stars. Trump is a Gemini, Palin an Aquarius — a classic astrological match. As celebrity astrologer Susan Miller says, "This is a pairing made in heaven, perfect in every way." Geminis like Trump appreciate "Aquarius' rebellious streak — they have courage, and do what their heart tells them to, not what society dictates."
A cosmic connection, though, means nothing without a set a common experiences down here on God's green Earth. Luckily, they have that too.
They both love books
Both Palin and Trump are best-selling authors. Trump has more than two dozen titles to his name, and his most popular book, The Art of the Deal, led the New York Times' best-sellers list for 51 weeks. Palin's 2009 book Going Rogue sold two million copies and spent six weeks atop the Times' best-sellers list. She invoked the book when she endorsed Trump, telling the crowd in Ames, he was "going rogue left and right."
They share a passion for TV
Book-readers may love Trump and Palin, but not as much as the camera does! Trump has 14 seasons of The Apprentice, and seven of Celebrity Apprentice, under his belt. Palin, meanwhile, spent five years as a Fox News contributor, and did one season each of the reality shows Sarah Palin's Alaska (on TLC) and Amazing America With Sarah Palin (on the Sportsman Network).
Both have big, traditional American families
If they both decided to leave their respective spouses tomorrow, Trump and Palin's superfamily would be a fearsome answer to The Brady Bunch. Instead of three children each, both have five. Trump's brood range in age from 9 to 38: Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric, whom he had with his first wife, Ivana; Tiffany, whose mother is the actress Marla Maples; and Barron, his son of his current wife, Melania. Sarah and Todd Palin have five kids together — Track, 26; Bristol, 25; Willow, 21; Piper 14; and Trig, 7.
Both Trump and Palin also have children who are the same age (or younger) than their grandchildren, too. Kai Madison Trump, Donald Jr.'s daughter, is one year older than Trump's youngest, Barron, and Bristol's son, Tripp, is the same age as his Uncle Trig.
Both have only the shakiest, most fragile grip on foreign policy
During an interview with CNN in September, Trump said, "Let Syria and ISIS fight. Why do we care? Let ISIS and Syria fight. And let Russia, they're in Syria already, let them fight ISIS. Look, I don't want ISIS. ISIS is bad. They are evil. When they start doing with a head chopping… these are really bad dudes.… Let Russia take care of ISIS.... Let them worry about ISIS. Let them fight it out."
Palin echoed Trump's sentiments during her endorsement speech, saying the U.S. needs to "quit footing the bill for these nations who are oil-rich — we're paying for some of their squirmishes that have been going on for centuries. Where they're fighting each other and yelling 'Allahu akbar,' calling jihad on each other's heads forever and ever. Like I've said before, let them duke it out and let Allah sort it out."
They share an ardent admiration for Vladmir Putin
Trump has complimented the Russian president on several occasions, calling him "highly respected within his own country and beyond." Palin has spoken favorably of his masculinity as compared to President Obama's. "People are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil. They look at our president as one who wears mom jeans and equivocates and bloviates," she's said.
Each has penchant for nonsensical rhetoric
To wit, a sampling from speeches both recently gave in Iowa:
Trump: "How stupid are the people of Iowa? How stupid are the people of the country? .... If you have your choice between North Korea, Afghanistan or Iran, I'd take Canada every single time, do you agree? …. And now it finds out, that some of the great legal scholars are actually writing major pieces saying 'Trump was right!' and then all of these great geniuses from Harvard Law School they're all saying, 'Oh, well, actually, well, Mr. Trump was right.' .... Weak. Rady? Rubio: weak on immigration — weak like a baby, OK?"
Palin: "They stomp on our neck, and then they tell us, 'Just chill, OK, just relax.' Well, look, we are mad, and we've been had. They need to get used to it...Well, and then, funny, ha ha, not funny, but now, what they're doing is wailing, 'Well, Trump and his Trumpeters, they're not conservative enough'.... And he, who would negotiate deals, kind of with the skills of a community organizer maybe organizing a neighborhood tea, well, he deciding that, 'No, America would apologize as part of the deal,' as the enemy sends a message to the rest of the world that they capture and we kowtow, and we apologize, and then, we bend over and say, 'Thank you, enemy.'"
They share the same views on cultural assimilation
Namely: they think immigrants should do it, or get out. Trump has criticized Jeb Bush for speaking Spanish on the campaign trail, saying, "He should really set an example by speaking English in the United States." Palin struck a similar note in an interview with CNN in September. "We can send a message and say, 'You want to be in America, A, you'd better be here legally or you're out of here. B, when you're here, let's speak American. Let's speak English, and that's a kind of a unifying aspect of a nation is the language that is understood by all."
They agree on important issues — for example, that Muslims should be banned from te U.S.
Trump has advocated for banning all Muslims from entering the United States "until we can figure out what's going on." Palin believes Trump's proposed Muslim ban is "common sense."