Former GOP strategist Steve Schmidt slams Sarah Palin as ‘unwell’ and says she has no business serving the public ‘even as a traffic cop’


Mark Salter, right, and Steve Schmidt, center, then senior advisers to Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, answer questions from reporters on the senator’s chartered plane on May 15, 2008.Photo AP/Jeff Chiu

  • Former GOP strategist Steve Schmidt criticized Sarah Palin as “unwell” in recounting her experience in the 2008 campaign.

  • Schmidt said Palin – who is running for Congress – should not be in a position to serve the public.

  • Palin in 2020 called Schmidt “a job” and accused him of “sabotage” regarding the 2008 race.

On Sunday, former Republican strategist Steve Schmidt attacked former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, accusing her of a “degenerate liar” who should not be given the opportunity to once again occupy “a position of public trust”.

Palin, who ran for the GOP vice president in 2008 under the late Senator John McCain, is currently running for Congress.

In a Twitter threadSchmidt, who was McCain’s senior campaign strategist and adviser during the senator’s unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign and pushed Palin as a running mate for the Republican nominee, has launched a series of attacks on the former governor.

“When the campaign ended, I refused to let Sarah Palin speak,” Schmidt wrote of the concession speech he set in motion for McCain to deliver on election night in Arizona. “I called Barack Obama asking for the concession and did everything I could to make sure a beautiful speech wasn’t dishonored by the Alaskan nutcase.”

He continued, “Palin understood that the party of personal responsibility was dead and replaced by a cult of pitiful victims of losers who routinely lied and blamed others for their failures. Palin went on the attack after the campaign. See, it wasn’t. that she was ignorant and unprepared. Not that she was a pathological liar who was intoxicated by fame and complaints. She was a victim!”

Schmidt said McCain tried to push Palin down a different ideological path to no avail.

“John McCain’s last words to Palin on election night were a warning,” said the former aide. I wrote. “He said not to be drawn ‘by extremists like Limbaugh’. It was too late and he knew it.”

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Then-Democrat Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden, left, and then-Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin take the stage at the start of the Vice Presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis on October 2, 2008.Photo AP/Jeff Roberson

Palin, who was mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, from 1996 to 2002 and was governor of the state from 2006 to 2009 before resigning and diving into reality television, returned to politics this year.

She entered a crowded congressional race to represent Alaska in the United States House after the death of longtime Representative Don Young.

In an April interview with the Associated Press, Palin said she would be “all about Alaska” if elected to succeed Young.

“I love working, and anyone close to me knows,” she told the publication. “What I’m doing is applying for a job, for Alaskans, saying, ‘Hey, you would be my boss. Do you want to hire me? Because if you do, I’ll do a good job for you, and I’m not backing down.'”

Schmidt, who left the GOP over his strong objections to former President Donald Trump, said he is fiercely opposed to the prospect of Palin serving in public office again.

“She’s an absolutely degenerate liar,” he tweeted. “Pathological. Unfit. Unwell. She’s a quitter and a buffoon who has no business holding a position of public trust, ever. Not even as a traffic cop. Nothing.”

Following the 2012 premiere of HBO’s “Game Change,” which chronicled the events of McCain’s 2008 campaign and was based on the book of the same name, Schmidt – who was played by actor Woody Harrelson in the film – pointed to political assets, while while claiming that she was ill-prepared for such a large political role.

“I think when you look back on that race, you see this person who is so phenomenally talented on so many levels, an ability to connect,” he said at the time. “But also someone who had a lot of flaws as someone who ran for national command authority who was clearly not prepared.”

He added: “I think the idea of ​​Sarah Palin being President of the United States is something that scares me, frankly. And I was a part of it. And I was a part of it because we were fueled by the ambition to win.”

Palin, during a 2020 appearance on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show, blasted Schmidt as “a job” and said “there was a lot of sabotage” tied to his run for vice president.

A representative for Palin did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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