Former US President Donald Trump campaigned in Alaska this Saturday for Sarah Palin, the former governor of that northern state and who is projected by many as the populist forerunner of Trump’s anti-elite movement.
The two fiery politicians have been key figures in turning around the Republican Party in the recent decade, aiming to win the vote of a battered working class.
Both have also promoted baseless claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 election, at least in the states where Trump lost.
“In Alaska, we didn’t have to worry about that, because we won,” Trump told a stadium crowd.
Palin catapulted her recognition when she was chosen by former Arizona Senator John McCain as his vice presidential running mate in the 2008 election.
Palin’s rise during the 2008 campaign, where she emphasized her ‘outsider’ character, is widely seen as a precedent that paved the way for a businessman like Trump to reach the White House eight years later.
Their non-standard styles prevailed in direct opposition to established Republicans like Mitt Romney and McCain.
Palin, who supported the Trump campaign in 2016, told her audience that part of what attracted her to the mogul is that he stood by her when she and her family were the subject of intense media attention.
“He would write me a note and say, ‘Hold on,'” he said.
The 58-year-old is seeking to succeed Republican Don Young, who died last month after 49 years in the House of Representatives.
The mid-term elections on November 8 will grant 435 seats to the House, and Alaska has only one representative due to its small population.
With mixed results in the primaries, Trump has sought to maintain his control over the GOP by giving selective endorsements to candidates who have largely endorsed his claims of fraud.
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