Ex-Palin Staffer Admits Trump Knows Less About Foreign Policy Than the Candidate Who Once Boasted She Can See Russia From Her House

Election '16

Former Alaska governor and life-long pit bull with lipstick Sarah Palin made some pretty significant gaffes during her run as John McCain’s vice presidential running mate, due in large part to her inexperience in national and international politics. But according to one former staffer, even Palin’s assurance that she has foreign policy experience because, “you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska” trumps the current Republican nominee’s lack of knowledge on international affairs.


Nicole Wallace, who served as a senior advisor for McCain and Palin during the 2008 presidential election, told MSNBC Thursday that while Palin was “woefully ignorant” about foreign policy throughout the campaign, she at least attempted to learn stuff. Donald Trump shows “no desire” to learn more about international affairs.

Wallace relayed her experience coaching Palin in 2008, insisting, “Sarah Palin went to bed with an open highlighter smeared on her face most nights because she was trying to learn.”

“She was up all night studying and she understood that she was on the ticket with a man who was respected around the world,” Wallace said. “I don’t know if this is a gender thing, but he’s not even trying to learn.”

Wallace added that Trump could read "five books and speak with nuance and respect." Of course, considering how little nuance or respect Trump approaches his "policy" positions with, it's unlikely five books would do much to alter his approach. In that same vein, this the man who openly bragged that he makes decision "with very little knowledge other than the knowledge" he already has, so what reading five versions of "Three Little Pigs" would do for Trump's platform is entirely open to question.

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