Former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential pick Sarah Palin delivered a high-energy endorsement of 2016 GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump in Ames, Iowa Tuesday declaring "this is going to be so much fun."
Fun, she anticipated because of the field day she expects the liberal media establishment to have with her partnering with the campaign of the bombastic real-estate billionaire mogul who called her a "special" friend he has known for a long time.
"Thank you so much. It's so great to be here in Iowa. We're here just thawing out. Todd and I and a couple of our friends here from Alaska, lending our support for the next president of our great United States of America, Donald J. Trump," Palin said after Trump's brief introduction of her.
"Mr. Trump, you're right, look back there in the press box. Heads are spinning, media heads are spinning. This is going to be so much fun," she added before aiming a volley of barbs at political rivals and critics.
"When asked why I would jump into a primary — kind of stirring it up a little bit maybe — and choose one over some friends who are running and I've endorsed a couple others in their races before they decided to run for president, I was told left and right, 'you are going to get so clobbered in the press. You are just going to get beat up and chewed up and spit out,'" said Palin.
"I'm in it to win it because we believe in America and we love our freedom," she added before going on to call President Barack Obama "a weak-kneed, capitulator-in-chief."
"Only one candidate's record of success proves he is the master of the art of the deal. He is beholden to no one but we the people. How refreshing. He is perfectly positioned to let you make America great again. Are you ready for that, Iowa? No more pussy footin' around! Our troops deserve the best. You deserve the best," Palin trumpeted.
"He is from the private sector, not a politician, can I get a 'Hallelujah!'" she continued appealing to the conservative base.
Palin also called out the GOP establishment for attacking Trump and questioning his conservatism.
"Look what's happening today. Our own GOP machine, the establishment, they who would assemble the political landscape, they're attacking their own frontrunner. Now would the left ever? Would the DNC ever come after their frontrunner and her supporters? No, because they don't eat their own," said Palin.
"They don't self-destruct. But for the GOP establishment to be coming after Donald Trump's supporters even, with accusations that are so false. They are so busted, the way that this thing works," she continued.
"We, you, a diverse dynamic, needed support base that they would attack. And now, some of them even whispering, they're ready to throw in for Hillary over Trump because they can't afford to see the status quo go. Otherwise, they won't be able to be slurping off the gravy train that's been feeding them all these years. They don't want that to end," said Palin.
"… Now, what they're doing is wailing, 'well, Trump and his, uh, uh, uh, Trumpeters, they're not conservative enough.' Oh my goodness gracious. What the heck would the establishment know about conservatism? Tell me, is this conservative?" she asked.
Palin then delivered some heavy blows to the GOP establishment.
"GOP majorities handing over a blank check to fund Obamacare and Planned Parenthood and illegal immigration that competes for your jobs and turning safety nets into hammocks. And all these new Democrat voters that are going to be coming on over the border as we keep the borders open … how are they to tell us that we're not conservative enough in order to be able to make these changes in America that we know need to be made," said Palin.
"Now they're concerned about this ideological purity? Give me a break! Who are they to say that? Oh, and tell somebody like Phyllis Schlafly. She is the Republican, conservative movement icon and hero and a Trump supporter. Tell her she's not conservative. How about the rest of us? Right wingin', bitter, clingin', proud clingers of our guns, our God and our religions and our Constitution. Tell us that we're not red enough? Yeah, coming from the establishment. Right," she said.
Listen to her complete speech below: