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Ex-McCain Aide Who Renounced GOP Doesn’t Blame Himself for Palin VP Pick

Rolling Stone asked Steve Schmidt if one can draw a direct line between Sarah Palin and the rise of Donald Trump.

By NTK Staff | 06.26.2018 @3:00pm
Ex-McCain Aide Who Renounced GOP Doesn’t Blame Himself for Palin VP Pick

About a month before Donald Trump won the presidency, then-President Barack Obama told New York Magazine that there is a direct correlation between the rise of Sarah Palin, the woman selected to be Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) running mate in 2008, and the emergence of Trump as a national figure within the Republican Party.

“I see a straight line from the announcement of Sarah Palin as the vice-presidential nominee to what we see today in Donald Trump, the emergence of the Freedom Caucus, the tea party, and the shift in the center of gravity for the Republican Party,” Obama said.

Rolling Stone asked former McCain aide Steve Schmidt, who days ago renounced his affiliation with the Republican Party, if he agreed with Obama’s assessment. Schmidt helped McCain select Palin, and thereby would carry some of the burden of helping steer the Republican Party in its current direction.

Schmidt denied any responsibility, however, claiming he “had no idea” what she was like before the campaign, where he was senior strategist, selected her to join the ticket.

I think people miss the point on Sarah Palin. She’s not the cause. She’s a symptom. The sickness is how people reacted to her after you knew what she was. There’s never been an era absent of demagogues. What there hasn’t been is an ability of those demagogues to gain actual power – certainly not at a national level. We threw the ball down the field [by picking Palin] and it didn’t work. I had no idea what she was and didn’t know until a couple days after we picked her. But by the time the race ends, everybody knows.

Schmidt added that the only way the Republican Party can be “saved” is for it to be “annihilated” and “destroyed,” and reborn from the ashes.

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