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S.E. Cupp: ‘The Sarah Palin I Knew in 2008’ Would Never Endorse Trump

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S.E. Cupp writing in the New York Daily News:

Back in December, I was at a small event in a Las Vegas bar; CNN’s Jake Tapper was interviewing Sarah Palin. He asked which candidate she’d most like to grab a beer with. Her answer? Donald Trump.

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Trump, of course, has been sober his whole life. But the moment perfectly encapsulates the Palin-Trump romance. Because in addition to endorsing a beer run with a man who doesn’t drink, she also just endorsed for the presidency a man who is neither a committed conservative nor an anti-establishment rogue.

Trump’s long history of liberalism is well known. He was once a registered Democrat who supported Democratic candidates, from Bill de Blasio to Hillary Clinton. He has said publicly that the economy usually does better under Democrats. At times he’s supported legalizing drugs, raising taxes on the wealthy and embracing isolationist foreign policies.

But what’s most jarring is the positions he’s held on a number of issues that are particularly important to Palin.

In the past, he called himself “very pro-choice.” Yet Palin — who made the very courageous and compassionate decision to have a baby she knew would be disabled — is unbothered.

On guns, he once supported a ban on so-called assault weapons and longer waiting periods to purchase a firearm. That should be deeply disconcerting to Palin, a Second Amendment firebrand who once said, “If you control arms, you control the people.”

And Trump has supported universal health care — expressing admiration for Scotland’s single-payer system as recently as last year. Palin spent years denouncing Obamacare, which is many steps short of a single-payer plan, as “socialized medicine.”

These aren’t minor policy differences. The beliefs long embraced by Palin and long eschewed by Trump are fundamental to conservatism. That Trump has suddenly gotten religion — on issue after issue — should be met by Palin with suspicion.

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