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Voters will “rise up” in opposition if Republican power brokers try to take the presidential nomination away from Donald Trump or Ted Cruz at the GOP convention this summer, Sarah Palin said Thursday in a wide-ranging interview.
The 2008 vice presidential nominee told The Associated Press that GOP voters have the right to decide the party’s nominee and will rebel if House Speaker Paul Ryan or some other “white knight” is chosen at a contested convention. Ryan said this week he will not seek or accept the nomination.
Palin said voters know better than to be fooled by party leaders.
“How dare they?” Palin asked, denouncing “arrogant political operatives who underestimate the wisdom of the people.”
If party leaders try to intervene at the July convention, “we will rise up and say our vote does count, our activism does count,” she said.
Palin said she is not convinced by pledges from party leaders that the GOP nominee will be chosen from among those running for president. “There are some snakes in there,” she said of party leaders. “I’ve had to deal with the political machinery my whole career.”
Palin said she plans to attend the convention in Cleveland, but she conceded that she may have to “invite myself to the party.” “I can’t see any of them inviting me,” she said of party leaders. “I think they are afraid of what I would say.”
Palin, who has endorsed Trump, said she is confident he will win the GOP nomination, but said she can support Cruz if he emerges as the nominee. She said she backs Trump because he is “so reasonable and so full of common sense and knows that for America to be great again we have to develop our natural resources” such as oil and natural gas.