Not many paid attention when Sarah Palin expressed an interest in serving on Donald Trump’s Cabinet. But after reports surfaced that she is actually under consideration, a lot of ears perked up.
She is reportedly being considered for Secretary of Veteran Affairs, according to a close Palin aide and a top Trump transition team member. According to Palin’s aide, in “recent days,” the former Alaska governor told Trump’s transition people, “I feel as though the megaphone I have been provided can be used in a productive and positive way to help those desperately in need.”
The VA is the largest employer of any agency in the federal government with over 300,000 employees and a budget of $182 billion. There are agencies with higher budgets, such as the HHS, which has a budget of nearly $1 trillion.
Palin has no personal military experience nor training. She also has no experience running a federal agency, nor anything near the 300,000, $200 billion behemoth that is the VA.
Earlier this week, Palin’s son in law, Dakota Meyer, who is a Medal of Honor recipient posted a SarahPAC video to his Facebook page that was heavily focused on the former Vice Presidential nominee’s work with veterans and her specific connection to the community. Her eldest son, Track, is also a veteran who served in Iraq in 2008.
In the speech which is included in the video, she slams the VA “bureaucracy” saying it is “killing our vets.” The speech also includes her ideas on reforming the agency including improved healthcare, using military skills to return to the workforce and securing their benefits.
She also goes after President Obama.
“Stop blaming the victim and wake up, Mr. President,” she said. “While Christians bow our heads to pray for you, radical Islamists want to cut off your head. The only thing standing between us and savages, it’s the red white and blue; it’s the United States military. And if you love freedom, thank a vet. Thank them. Honor them.
Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown is also being considered for the VA post. He met with the President-elect on November 21 at Trump Tower and told reporters that he had a “great meeting” with Trump about the VA Secretary position.
However, with news of Palin being considered for the position, which was first tweeted out by ABC, the internet lit up in horror.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 30, 2016
On Twitter, reactions flew in and they were completely horrified, including even some conservatives who are funs of Palin and her commitment to our vets:
Palin is passionate about the VA, but this is still a bad idea. https://t.co/zS1CrH6Fwx
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) November 30, 2016
And then there were others who did not start out as fans of the former Alaska governor to begin with — here are some of their most entertaining reactions:
— Josh Sánchez (@jnsanchez) November 30, 2016
I'm probably more qualified to be VA Secretary than Sarah Palin just by having 'VA' in my Twitter name
— Matt Oswalt (@MattOswaltVA) November 30, 2016
When you see Sarah Palin trending #1 and you're like don't click, don't click, but then you click anyway pic.twitter.com/6NvD1cyGVN
— Math Man (@math_tagger) November 30, 2016
Losing the election wasn't nearly enough to punish John McCain for elevating Sarah Palin to the national political stage
— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) November 30, 2016
The only thing Sarah Palin should be under consideration for is a mental institution.
— Michael Blackman (@ParaComedian09) November 30, 2016
Sarah Palin as VA Secretary seems completely insane until you remember that Donald Trump was just elected President.
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) November 30, 2016