Trump Gives Weird Reason Why Palin's Not Attending RNC

Alaska is just too far away from Ohio, apparently
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2016 2:51 PM CDT
Trump Gives Weird Reason Why Palin's Not Attending RNC
In this Feb. 1, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is joined on stage by former Republican vice presidential candidate, and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin during a campaign event, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Sarah Palin won't be speaking at next week's Republican National Convention in Ohio, and Donald Trump explained to the Washington Examiner on Thursday why that is. "She was asked," Trump says, but "it's a little bit difficult because of where she is. We love Sarah. Little bit difficult because of, you know, it's a long ways away." The Examiner notes that Cleveland is about an 11-hour flight away from Alaska. The New York Times has a list of those who will be speaking, including General Hospital star Antonio Sabato Jr. (Tim Tebow was also on the list, but he now says he's not actually speaking at the convention.)

Vanity Fair calls the list of speakers "bizarre," and PoliticsUSA calls Trump's reasoning for Palin's omission from the list "jaw-droppingly dumb." That site says the move is proof that Trump wants to distance himself from Palin—but BlastingNews paints it as Palin dumping Trump, not the other way around. Why? Per that site, she's upset about not being picked as his running mate. (GOP senators have given some interesting reasons of their own as to why they're skipping the RNC, including lawn-mowing.)

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