Politics

Palin’s Endorsement: Positive or Puzzling

Page Jones, Reporter

Andrew Clark, Reporter

Shea Smith, Reporter

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Donald Trump might have fueled controversy among his supporters.

Young adult supporters, who attended Trump’s rally this morning in Norwalk, Iowa, held very different opinions about Sarah Palin. However, Trump is happy with his endorsement.

“Sarah Palin came in and she was so great. She was so great yesterday and so popular, and amazing actually. And everybody wanted her endorsement,” Trump said.

Trump’s event at the Wright Place this morning hosted approximately 530 people. Several of those were people born between the years 1980 and 1998. One of who, Caleb McKinney, 17, rearranged his priorities to hear Trump speak. McKinney, a high school student, skipped class to attend the event with his mother.

McKinney felt better about skipping class after Sarah Palin endorsed the businessman last night and announced she would join him at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla. this afternoon.

Trump and Palin may receive a different welcome from the ORU crowd than they did this morning in Iowa. According to the Tulsa World, students at the university created a petition to ban the businessman from speaking at the university.

In Iowa this morning, not everyone at the event felt the same as McKinney did.

Ellie Beckett, 22, strongly dislikes Palin, and is prepared to change her vote away from Trump, if the duo becomes running mates.

“I’m just not a fan of her, I don’t like what she did in Alaska…,” Beckett, who plans on participating in a Republican Iowa caucus this year, said. “If she was his Vice President I would vote for Ted Cruz.”

According to a poll by the Des Moines Register and Bloomberg, Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz are each other’s biggest threat in Iowa among the GOP candidates. The poll has them just three points apart with Cruz in the lead.

Donald Trump had positive comments this morning about Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, who publicly asked Iowans not to vote for Cruz. This brought more conflicting feelings between the two millennials.

Beckett disapproved of the governor’s comments against Cruz at last nights Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit.

“I thought that made Branstad look bad, I thought that made Trump look bad, because I know there’s a lot of people who like Ted Cruz here,” Beckett said.

Although Beckett believes the comments could have negative repercussions for Trump, McKinney stands by and applauds the governor.

“I thought it was cool how Branstad did it, because it shows Iowa’s not going to back down in this. We’re in this for good,” said McKinney.

Despite Palin’s endorsement and the attention it received, Trump mentioned very little about it at today’s event, instead he focused nearly 20% of his speech on the media.

“They’re really really dishonest and disgusting,” Trump commented.

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