Sarah Palin clearly had notes scribbled on her hand at the National Tea Party Convention Saturday.
Huffington Post obtained photos of the former governor answering pre-determined questions after her $100,000 speech.
At the same event, Palin mocked President Barack Obama’s use of a teleprompter.
“This is about the people and it’s bigger than any king or queen of a tea party and it’s a lot bigger than any charismatic guy with a teleprompter,” said Palin.
During a question and answer session after her address to the convention, Palin clearly looks down, reading notes off her hand. The words included “energy” “tax” and “lift American spirits.”
HuffPo’s Stefan Sirucek comments:
“You can bet that the President wasn’t reading scribbles off his extremities while he sparred with Republicans and Democrats in an unscripted format in his recent Q&As. Palin, on the other hand, seems to need a cheat-sheet just to get through a contrived lovefest with a smitten interviewer and an adoring audience.”
Palin was expected to receive $100,000 for her speech. Appearing Sunday morning on Fox News, she confirmed this.
“They’re writing a $100,000 check and as I said from day one on this, I’m turning right around and being able to contribute it back to the cause,” she said.
Huffington Post later obtained detailed photos of what was written on Palin’s hand. It appears to read, “Energy,
budget cuts, tax, lift American spirits”. The word “budget” was crossed out.
This video was uploaded to YouTube on Feb. 6, 2010.
Stephen C. Webster contributed to this report.
Trump raked over the coals by WSJ for ‘politically stupid’ racist comments debacle
In a brutally blunt column from the conservative editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, the editors scolded Donald Trump for being "politically stupid" by wading into a dispute between factions within the Democratic Party that has blown up in his face.
Under a headline reading, "Defining Politics Down," the editorial seemed less concerned with Trump's racist attacks and more with the fact that he has made his racism front and center as the country gears up for the 2020 election.
Dear NeverTrumpers: Either help or STFU
Before I offer up a come-to-Jesus moment for the NeverTrumpers, let me say that as many of you know, I’ve defended members of this exiled faction in the past, and continue to stand by the idea that we need to form a coalition to close the loopholes exposed by Donald Trump’s malfeasance as a means of preventing another, perhaps more dangerous monster from sashaying through the Trump-shaped hole in the wall. To be clear: I’m not talking about conceding on policy or platform planks. I’m merely suggesting a detente between voices who all agree that Trump is a menace and his presidency is an existential national crisis.
News flash: Trump’s no racist!
The gap that Donald Trump continually shows us between word and deed is remarkable. He lets words hurt while ignoring the substance of what the words mean.
That public words that various people, from both in and out of government or politics, say about him seem to matter a whole lot more than actual events, scandals or bad governmental behavior reflecting on his presidency. We’re used to it by now, numb really, so, it seems useful to step back and look at the pattern.
Even so, his tweets on Sunday telling four rebellious first-year congresswomen, citizens who are all of color, that they should return to where they came from “to go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came” is an insult that crosses all borders. As it happens, three of the four are American-born, and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Mich.) has been a naturalized citizen since age 12.