Just when you thought you might've seen the last of her, the gun-toting, Tea Party-promoting, marriage equality-opposing former governor of Alaska may have found her way back to the center of national politics. This time around, she's hoping to join President-elect Donald Trump's team, bringing her eclectic voice all the way to the White House. If you've somehow forgotten since 2008, Sarah Palin quotes are enigmatic, blunt, and can be quite entertaining to hear. Some of her most colorful quotes are below — ones that truly run the gamut.
Though Trump's team has yet to comment on Palin's potential role in the administration, it's been reported that Palin wants to be the head of Veterans Affairs. A Facebook post written by Palin confirmed her interest in the position. A loyal Trump supporter, Palin stumped for Trump starting in the spring of his presidential campaign, giving nationwide speeches that, as you might expect, have plenty of priceless soundbites of their own."We should be grateful we'll soon have a commander-in-chief who will champion our vets and honor the promises our nation made [and] ... who promised to drain the swamp and clean up all government corruption... all things our vets and active duty troops deserve," Palin wrote on Facebook.
Buckle up, because you might be hearing from Palin a lot more in the next four years than you have in the past eight. Here's a little refresher on what to look forward to:
"People are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil. They look at our president as one who wears mom jeans."
In a 2014 interview with Sean Hannity, Palin voiced her concern for Russia's strength in comparison to President Obama's "weakness." Her best mode for communicating this idea? Your run-of-the-mill, bear vs. mom jeans comparison.
"Bless their hearts, those haters out there."
Her equivalent of Nicki Minaj's "shout out to my haters / sorry that you couldn't phase me" was spoken to the Fox Business Network in response to inquiries as to whether Palin would run for office again. "They don’t understand that it invigorates me," she explained.
"I do not like this Uncle Sam. I do not like his health care scam. I do not like these dirty crooks, or how they lie and cook the books."
Busting out a copy of Green Eggs and Ham along the lines of Ted Cruz' Obamacare filibuster, Palin rhymed and rapped her politics to a conservative audience in 2014.
"Well, if I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we’d baptize terrorists."
Though President Obama has condemned it as a form of torture, Palin is all for waterboarding. In a Palin-led nation, enemies would undergo the practice regularly.
"How about the rest of us? Right-wingin’, bitter-clingin’, proud clingers of our guns, our God, and our religions and our Constitution. Tell us that we’re not red enough?"
In endorsing President-elect Trump this past January, Palin stuck with what she does best: weaving some ever-so-confounding rhymes.
"Suck it up, cupcake!"
Rallying for Trump during his campaign, Palin told San Diego crowds: "He is we the people's nominee" and encouraged "mainstream media" to accept the primary results.
"You're actually asking for more immigrants, even illegal immigrants, welcoming them in. ... Come on over the border and here's a gift basket of teddy bears and soccer balls.' What are you thinking?"
Here, Palin argues for a harsher stance on immigration, insisting that politicians are "just inviting more [immigrants]" with their gestures of welcome.
"Climate change is to this century what eugenics was to the last century."
"There’s no convincing scientific evidence for man-made climate change. The climate has always been changing," Palin said in 2014. She posted a video on her Facebook page, explaining her position. Her prediction was that, once climate change is "as discredited as eugenics, you know a lot of people are going to look very foolish and heartless."
"You want to be in America, A, you'd better be here legally or you're out of here; B, when you're here, let's speak American."
Palin told CNN's Jake Tapper last fall that, though Jeb Bush's bilingual skills were a "benefit," residents of this country should "speak American." She then clarified: "Let's speak English."