Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s infamous remarks about seeing Russia from Alaska will now live forever as part of the United States Congressional Record — thanks to tea party-backed Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX).
During a floor speech on Monday night, the Texas Republican said that it was time to “set the record straight” on Palin’s widely-mocked remarks.
In a 2008 interview with ABC’s Charles Gibson, Palin had claimed that she was prepared to deal with Russia because “you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.”
That interview was later lampooned by Saturday Night Live‘s Tiny Fey, who changed the line to “I can see Russia from my house.”
“I just wanted to set the record straight so people will understand and the Congressional Record will properly reflect how prescient that Sarah Palin has been in the past,” Gohmert explained on the House floor.
He then read both the quotes from Palin and Fey into the Congressional Record.
“It was a very clever sketch, it was funny, I laughed when I saw it,” Gohmert admitted. “But I also knew how intelligent, what a great leader, [and] governor Sarah Palin had been. And what a great leader she is.”
Watch the video below from C-SPAN, broadcast March 17, 2014.