Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin may very well be the next Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs (VA), according to a top official in President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team.
“She just may get to Washington after all,” said “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg. Goldberg wondered why the Trump administration didn’t consider a veteran in politics like Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Co-host Joy Behar said that it was probably because he was captured, a slight at a comment Trump made about McCain’s time as a prisoner of war.
Co-host Jededish Bila made the case for the decision, saying that Palin was a very vocal Trump supporter early on and that the idea wasn’t surprising:
She has been a strong advocate for the military, for the reform of the VA. She does speak out very much in support of bettering the healthcare access that they have. I think that […] the military general approves of her very highly. If you look back at 2008, John McCain and Sarah Palin polled really well with military members.
Co-host Sunny Hostin also jumped in, saying that she supported the decision. “I think she can do the least amount of damage there, but she can also do good there because her son is an Iraq War vet.”
My son, like so many others, they come back a bit different, they come back hardened. They come back wondering if there is that respect for what it is that their fellow soldiers and airman and every other member of the military so sacrificially have given to this country. And that starts from the top.
“So when my own son is going through what he goes through coming back, I can certainly relate with other families who kind of feel these ramifications of some PTSD and some of the woundedness that our soldiers do return with,” she added, just before standing by her endorsement for Trump.
Hostin said that even though Palin criticized Obama, she appreciated that she spoke so publicly about PTSD.
Goldberg disagreed, saying that she wanted someone who “actually knows” what veterans go through. For Goldberg, it wasn’t enough that Palin was a supporter. Behar also took issue with Palin resigning just a little over halfway trough her term as governor of Alaska. Bila said that Trump was perhaps looking for an outsider, explaining how Palin had worked her way up to governor.
Palin’s son-in-law is Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer. Despite Palin’s closeness with the Trump campaign, Meyer openly criticized Trump after an incident with a Gold Star family. “If [Trump] wants to be the Commander in Chief, he needs to act like one. And that [can’t] start until he apologizes to the Khans.