President-elect Donald Trump prizes loyalty, so it should be no surprise that he wants to find room in his administration for Sarah Palin, one of the first “big names” to endorse him in the primaries. Palin, the former Alaskan governor who shot to fame as John McCain’s 2008 running mate, is reportedly being considered for VA Secretary.
According to ABC News, Palin spoke to Trump transition staff this week, saying she feels “as though the megaphone I have been provided can be used in a productive and positive way to help those desperately in need.”
When the original ABC report hit the press, Palin herself posted the story to her Facebook page.
In an interview with Breitbart before the story broke, Palin said she would be pleased to serve in Trump’s administration.
“I told Mr. Trump early, early on that I’m a believer that you don’t need a title, and you don’t need an office to make a difference,” she said. “I’m sincere. I told him that, and maybe he’s taking it absolutely literally, and I’m not offered a post – which, however it goes, is fine with me. I just voted for him to be the leader of the free world, our President, so I trust him to build a team that works for him.”
The Department of Veterans Affairs has been under sharp criticism in recent years thanks to a scandal erupting in its Phoenix hospital. Republicans say that the Obama administration has not done enough to fix the VA since the scandal, and Trump made veterans’ issues a recurring theme in his campaign.
From a certain standpoint, the choice of Palin would be a stroke of genius. She’s a high-profile name, meaning she’ll be in front of a microphone much more often than any other VA secretary Trump could select. That, in turn, keeps the VA fresh in the minds of the American public and the media, and there’s nothing better for a cause than awareness. It’s through invisibility that we’ve let our veterans succumb to such terrible treatment. If Palin and Trump can bring these problems into the spotlight, they will stop being problems soon enough.