Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin didn’t get the reaction she wanted during her speech promoting Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy to the Milwaukee County Republican Party on Friday night.
“What the heck are you thinking, candidates? What the heck are you thinking when you’re actually asking for more immigrants — even illegal immigrants, welcoming them in,” Palin said of Trump’s opponents. “Even inducing and seducing them with gift baskets: ‘Come on over the border and here’s a gift basket of teddy bears and soccer balls.”
But footage of Palin’s appearance showed audience members looking at her with bemused expressions. The Washington Post noted that the former vice-presidential candidate had received no applause eight minutes into her speech, though there were “some eye rolls and phone checking.”
Palin was there as a surrogate for Trump in advance of next week’s state GOP primary. The party’s other presidential candidates, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, also spoke at the event.
The crowd did give Palin some polite applause toward the end of her remarks, during which she thanked the audience “for your graciousness in allowing me to crash your fish fry.”
NBC News reported that following the speech, Palin said, “At least they didn’t boo.”
Watch Palin’s speech in its entirety, as posted online, below.