Sarah Palin, former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, stopped at the Fayette County Airport Monday to give a speech in support of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, with about 200 people from Fayette County and surrounding areas on hand to see her speak in a hangar on the airport tarmac.
Introducing Palin was Ohio Sen. Bob Peterson (R-17th Dist.), who took time to explain to the crowd the two reasons he will be voting for Trump. He said the first was due to the decision-making power to appoint a Supreme Court justice, saying that Trump would have the power to fill the vacant seat and may possibly have the potential to appoint up to three others, as three of the justices are over age 78. The second reason was for regulatory reform, allowing the nation to be as free as it claims, said Peterson.
When Palin spoke, she said, “Donald Trump is running for you. Running for the families that are here, and the business owners who are here and the children who are here. Those who love this country so much and aren’t asking much for their government, just asking everybody to get off their backs and back on their side so that they can thrive and they can grow and they can fulfill destiny that God has planned for them.” She said people can’t do that with government shackling people to their rules.
“We have the right candidate who understands that, especially, finally, a candidate coming from the private sector, who understands what it takes to create jobs and understands an inherent link between developing our natural resources and the economy, and what developing our natural resources, what that can do for security,” said Palin. “Someone from the private sector who is willing to serve and understands all that. As opposed to, for instance, I was reading those quotes of the other candidate, Hillary’s position, she says, quote, ‘Don’t let anyone tell you that corporations or businesses create jobs.’ Now that is a person out of touch. That’s a person who—she must have hit her head, right?”
Palin said she wants a first woman president who has at least driven her own vehicle in the last few decades, a statement that was met by applause from the audience.
“It’s going to be wonderful to have Trump in there, and what we need to do of course in these next hours is not be distracted by what the media keeps throwing at us,” Palin said.
She said the media has defined double-standard and injustice.
“What Trump started was an awakening for people to realize we can make the lame-stream liberal lap-dog media irrelevant… we, amongst one another, can figure out what the candidates stand for and their records are and what they intend to do for or to our communities and our country. We don’t have to rely on the mainstream media anymore. There is really this wave across the country saying, ‘Enough is enough of the bias.’ So Trump has gone through everything that he has gone through with the media and he’s still standing,” Palin said.
During the event, many leading Fayette County Republicans could be seen mingling with many supporters discussing the election. Tony Anderson, Fayette County commissioner, was among the supporters at the impromptu rally, and he voiced his opinion on the current election.
“Every election is a big deal for someone,” Anderson said. “I don’t understand why we complain about standing in line to vote. People will gladly stand in line at Disney World and pay a lot of money to get in there. They will pay a lot of money to get in and stand in line at an Ohio State football game. This is an opportunity to set the course, right now in this election, for our country over the next four years, if not for a considerably longer period.”
Fayette County Sheriff Vernon Stanforth could also be seen at the rally helping to coordinate security for Palin. He spoke about Election Day, and how his staff will be on hand to make sure it runs as smoothly as it always has.
“I think we are going to see a large turnout which is great,” Stanforth said. “Regardless of the direction, the people will have spoken by the end of the day. That is the most important part, you take part in a true Republican process. And even though we have the electoral college, the vote of the people is important, and a part of that process. We are going to do what we usually do. I think the board of elections is more than capable to handle the voters that turn out. If they need our help, we are a phone call away.”
Reach Ashley at the Record-Herald (740) 313-0355 or on Twitter @ashbunton.