CNN’s Jake Tapper gave Sarah Palin a soapbox on State of the Union this morning, and the former half-term governor turned reality-TV-star used the platform to emphasize her support for Donald Trump and share her desire to be his energy secretary if he’s elected, “because energy is my baby: oil and gas and minerals, those things that God has dumped on this part of the Earth for mankind’s use instead of us relying on unfriendly foreign nations.”
Palin and Trump have admired each other for years, and Trump has said he would “love” to have Palin, who he thinks is a “really special person,” serve in his potential administration. Palin, if appointed energy secretary, told Tapper she would then shut down the Energy Department. “It would be a short-term job, but it would be … really great to have someone who knows energy and is pro-responsible development to be in charge,” she explained.
Also during the interview, Palin said that while she appreciates the country’s Hispanic population and how Jeb Bush can speak Spanish, “On the other hand, I think we can send a message and say, ‘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.’ I mean that’s just … Let’s speak English, and that’s kind of a unifying aspect of the nation, is the language that is understood by all.”