Donald Trump is considering Sarah Palin to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs in his administration, according to several reports out Wednesday.
It’s not clear what qualifies the former Alaska governor and failed VP nominee to lead this post or what convinced the Trump team to consider her for it, but social media users were quick to respond – and it was priceless.
Trump – “Man, I’d love to have an affair w/ Sarah Palin…”
Melania walks in.
“Umm… Affairs… Yes, she should run Veterans Affairs!”
— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) December 1, 2016
Call me crazy, but as a military veteran, I want someone who actually served in the military to run Veterans Affairs, not Sarah Palin.
— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) November 30, 2016
Sarah Palin is to Veterans’ Affairs what Homer Simpson is to nuclear safety.
— Corey Miller (@StopEatingBees) November 30, 2016
SARAH PALIN: My son beating up his girlfriend and being arrested for it is just like PTSD
TRUMP: Perfect, be my Veterans Affairs Secretary
— Michael (@Home_Halfway) November 30, 2016
We laugh, but it’s not all fun and games.
Like Trump, Palin is deeply unqualified to deal with matters related to foreign policy and veterans affairs. According to the former governor’s own words, her only foreign policy experience is that she lived in a state that borders Russia. In the past, she blamed her son’s domestic violence on PTSD and President Obama, which was widely condemned by veterans.
Trump even considering her for this position indicates that he values people who are similar and loyal to him rather than people with knowledge and expertise. But leading the Department of Veterans Affairs – the government’s largest agency – is serious business and somebody like Palin shouldn’t be near it.
Of course, there are a couple silver linings to Palin being tapped for the VA job: 1. She’d probably just quit halfway through the first term; and 2. We’d likely see Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey together on Saturday Night Live.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.