As opponents of President Obama’s deal with Iran rallied against the nuclear agreement, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin challenged Republican leaders for failing to show up at the event.
“Where are they? They should be here,” she said to reporters after her speech. “Leaders, isn’t that in their title or on their nameplate?”
House Speaker John Boehner and the entire leadership team did not appear at the rally in front of the Capitol that featured nearly 50 public figures opposing the agreement with Iran.
Palin spoke at the rally after Republican presidential candidates Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump spoke against the deal. Radio show host Mark Levin was also on stage with several conservative Republican members of the House of Representatives.
“So as Obama leads from behind – the skirt of his right hand man Valerie Jarrett – then it’s up to Congress to close that window,” she said challenging Congress. “He may propose, you dispose!”
Palin reminded the crowd of Vice President Joe Biden’s assertion in 2012 that Obama carried a “big stick” on foreign policy.
“Little did we know, he was talking about his selfie stick!” she said mockingly.
She derided President Obama for selling the deal as good for America using “sprinkley fairy dust blown from atop his unicorn as he’s peeking through a really pretty pink kaleidoscope.”
“This treaty will not bring peace. You don’t reward terrorism, you kill it!” she shouted.
During the speech one person broke through the barricade and charged the stage, but was stopped by security agents before he could approach Palin. As the man continued to shout at Palin he was escorted out of the rally.
Palin pointed out that Obama wouldn’t even trust Americans to make their own choice on light bulbs but was pleased to “trust a death cult.”
Palin praised the protesters for appearing in the sweltering Washington heat to protest the deal.
“I never thought I’d say it but I think you all are a lot tougher than Alaskans being able to be out here,” she said to the audience.
“Do not play small,” she added, encouraging the protesters. “It does us no good to play small that’s not why you were created and we have not enough time to play small you be empowered!”