Speaking to CNN on Sunday, Sarah Palin praised Jeb Bush for being bilingual and the “connection” that he has with the United States’ “large and wonderful Hispanic population,” but hedged her generous opinion by saying she’d rather people “speak American.”

“I think we can send a message and say, ‘You want to be in America, (a) you’d better be here legally or you’re out of here, (b) when you’re here, let’s speak American,” she said. “Let’s speak English, and that’s a kind of a unifying aspect of the nation is the language that is understood by all.”

Last week, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said that the Republican Party “often appears cold and unwelcoming to minorities.” Palin disagreed: “I can’t think of any Republican that I know who would have that in their heart.”

Hmm, sure.

(Also, haha, she nominated herself for secretary of energy in a hypothetical Trump administration: “If I were head of that, I’d get rid of it,” she said, referring to the Department of Energy.)


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