Palin to GOP: ‘Learn how to fight like a girl’
April 16th, 2011
06:13 PM ET
12 years ago

Palin to GOP: ‘Learn how to fight like a girl’

(CNN) – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin challenged GOP leaders to “fight like a girl” Saturday at a Tea Party Tax Day rally in Madison, Wisconsin. Unafraid to “take on the GOP establishment,” she offered suggestions to garner Tea Party support.

“If you stand by your platform, if you stand by your pledges, we will stand with you, we will fight with you, GOP, we will have your back,” she declared.

“What we need is for you to stand up, GOP, and fight. GOP leaders need to learn how to fight like a girl.”

The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee heralded Madison as an example for Republicans to follow by recalling the Wisconsin legislature’s approval of a controversial bill that restricts the collective bargaining rights of unions.

“I’m in Madison because this is where real courage and real solidarity can be found,” she said.

“You saw these violent rent-a-mobs trash your capital and vandalize businesses. You held your ground. Your governor did the same thing. And you won.”

Palin defended Gov. Scott Walker’s union-limiting legislation because “he understands that states must be solvent to keep their promises” and “a pension is a promise that must be kept.”

And the possible 2012 GOP nominee hopeful painted events in Madison as a lesson Republicans can learn from. Criticizing GOP leaders for promising to cut $100 billion in federal spending but compromising at $38 billion in the recent bipartisan budget agreement, Palin said, “That’s not courage, that is capitulation.”

She also had strong words for the president, blasting him for getting the country into a “third war” it can’t afford, cutting off oil development and “misrepresenting” deficit spending.

“You ignored us in 2010,” she said. “But you cannot ignore us in 2012.

And to the crowd gathered in Madison, Palin promised a place in history.

“When the history of the Tea Party is written, what you accomplished here will not be forgotten. And the 2012 election begins here,” she affirmed.

To drive the point home, Palin recalled the Green Bay Packers’ 2011 Super Bowl win, saying, “What better place to call out the liberal left and let them know, Mr. President, game on!”

Filed under: 2012 • Sarah Palin • Tea Party • Wisconsin
soundoff (147 Responses)
  1. anagram_kid

    Perfect pic – finger pointining and mouth wide open. Keep it up Sarah! Keep remninding Americas that Republicans have no solutions, only blaming and complaining.

    April 17, 2011 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  2. Djmcs11

    Great job not reporting the fact that the Tea Partiers were hopelessly outnumbered by the anti-Palin/pro-union protesters and that Palin had to practically to shriek to be heard.

    April 17, 2011 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  3. BeverlyNC

    Women fight best with words and facts.....Palin knows no facts and has a limited vocabulary...But keep it up Sarah because you are severely damaging an already failing GOP Party.

    April 17, 2011 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  4. crowtrob

    you mean lose, sarah?

    April 17, 2011 03:23 am at 3:23 am |
  5. Marry

    How primitive can this woman get! Fight – Fight – Fight! Schoolyard mobbing! God, fight, God…
    I have never heard her talk about working for/on solutions. Of cause, work is not what she promotes! What an evil dump person! What can the GOP/TP give the country? Nothing but grief, sorrow and an uninformed, lying mop that does not even know they vote (if they vote) against their own interests. What a mess!

    April 17, 2011 03:35 am at 3:35 am |
  6. Palin Power

    BEHOLD our next and greatest President Sarah Palin. She will turn the GOP establishment upsidedown and oust all the men out of our government. We will have a 1 party all white conservative women government lead by the great and astute Sarah Palin. Men, minorities and liberals will never be President and Vice President after Palin!

    April 17, 2011 04:40 am at 4:40 am |
  7. Are you kidding me ?

    Ha Ha ! Palin said something !

    April 17, 2011 04:59 am at 4:59 am |
  8. Frustrated Independent Voter !

    Is Palin to dumb to understand that she just threw GOP under the Bus ? I'm sure they will start bad mouthing her pretty soon ! These fool's are eating themselves alive trying to cater to lunatic's ! It's over for the GOP , they are looking worse and worse by the day ! The Democrat's should do very well in 2012 !

    April 17, 2011 05:10 am at 5:10 am |
  9. BD70

    Wait...what? I though Palin blasted the president for waiting too long to get involved in Lybia? Perfect example of darned if you do and darned if you don't.

    April 17, 2011 05:31 am at 5:31 am |
  10. Irma in North Carolina

    Sarah you are at it again with your racist remarks and the hate and lies flowing so easy out of you. You and your tea party friends and 90 percent of the republican friends are bringing this country down and you all act so proud of it.

    April 17, 2011 05:35 am at 5:35 am |

    Snooki Palin is terrified of the GOBP. That's why is won't run for the GOBP nomination. What's wrong Snooki? You fight like a girl and keep talkin yourself over the cliff.

    April 17, 2011 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  12. Mr Caribbean

    Fight like a girl GOP, Palin said so

    April 17, 2011 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  13. diridi

    just an idiot....that's it....

    April 17, 2011 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  14. Dilbert101

    Hey Caribou Barbie, your 15 minutes is up. See ya.

    April 17, 2011 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  15. a in austin

    Another loser continues to stoke her ego...

    April 17, 2011 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  16. Clwyd

    Sarah, this is how you get the facts all screwed up when you get off your home turf, where ever that is, and into politics you know nothing about. I wonder if she knows anything about politics as when she gets caught between a rock and a hard place she quits!

    April 17, 2011 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  17. MSHMiami

    Palin in Wisconsin, Trump in Florida......did someone accidentally leave the asylum door open?

    April 17, 2011 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  18. chaplinlives

    What is she talking about? The GOP always fights like a girl.

    April 17, 2011 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  19. sara

    She is so stupid...maybe she could've fought "fight a girl" in Alaska. But she QUIT! Whose listening to this "player". She played on and duped some Stupids to make her rich! What has she done for America lately...or at anything in her "little bitty" life. LOL

    April 17, 2011 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  20. Thomas

    "“You ignored us in 2010,” she said. “But you cannot ignore us in 2012."

    Betcha we can

    April 17, 2011 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  21. informed voter

    Mrs. Palin does not have a clue how ridiculous and sophomoric she sounds every time she opens her mouth. Fight like a girl? Is that supposed to be cute and funny? As a working mother (of 2 daughters) and a successful small business owner, I find her mangling of the English language, her distortion of facts, and her twisted priorities (quitting her day job as governor of Alaska to go on the road and whore herself for big bucks) an insult to intelligent women everywhere. The only good thing I have to say about this political piece of excrement is that the more she speaks in public, the more Americans with a brain and a conscience will refute the right's point of view and will vote for moderate, educated leaders, like President Obama.

    April 17, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  22. LanderMom

    Sounds like Palin is angling to be the presidential candidate for the Tea Party. I think that's great, as the most likely outcome of that is to dilute the votes on the right and assure a second term for Obama.

    April 17, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
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