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Tom Rogan: Palin and Trump Will Say and Do Whatever ‘Without Any Concern for Morality or Respect For Other People’


National Review columnist and Opportunity Lives panelist Tom Rogan argued that former Alaska Governor and GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump are perfect for each other “because these are two people who will say whatever and do whatever they can, without any concern about morality or respect for other people, in order to build themselves up in the ladder” on Friday’s “McLaughlin Group.”

Rogan stated, “my big gripe with Palin personally came in 2012 when she criticized — there was a Secret Service agent who’d been posting photos on his Facebook page, and she decided to use it as this tirade against the Secret Service, who had spent many months, 24 hours a day protecting her family during the 2008 campaign.  And to me, that just spoke to — and I think I’ve only increased in this view the degree to which Sarah Palin is in many ways perfect for Trump, because these are two people who will say whatever and do whatever they can, without any concern about morality or respect for other people, in order to build themselves up in the ladder. I’m not just saying that because of the National Review edition this week, but it is a real problem. And on that other point, if conservatism is to persuade new people, I think she’s a irrelevant, quite frankly, now. But the reason she’s irrelevant and the reason she can be negative, is that she speaks to a notion of conservatism that is designed to be deliberately simplistic and devoid of intellectual value as a merit.”

Later on, when the discussion turned to ethanol, he said, “One of the important things on ethanol, though, is, of course, that [Iowa] Governor [Terry] Branstad’s (R) son is the guy who’s in charge of the ethanol. I mean, there is no better example of crony capitalism and political patronage. And I think actually, when we’re talking about the debate, about issues, engaging new people with conservatism, that is a good example of why, quite frankly, you want someone like [GOP presidential candidate Sen.] Ted Cruz (R-TX) who at least has the intellectual caliber to stand up on a particular issue, because Sarah Palin is endorsing Trump. She whines about these different things, but at the same time, there is no better example of crony [capitalism].”

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