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August 11, 2020

There are a few things Sarah Palin wants Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) to know about life as a vice presidential candidate.

On Instagram, Palin said she learned a lot of lessons when she was the late Sen. John McCain's running mate in 2008. Her first piece of advice? "Out of the chute, trust no one new," she said, adding, "Fight mightily to keep your own team with you — they know you, know your voice, and most importantly are trustworthy." Palin also suggested Harris "connect with media and voters in your own unique way. Some yahoos running campaigns will suffocate you with their own self-centered agenda, so remember, YOU were chosen for who YOU are."

Palin said when she was on the campaign trail, her favorite thing was the "ropeline," which allowed her to shake hands with and hug supporters. Each interaction, she said, "melted my heart, energized my soul, and gave me the utmost hope in the greatest country on Earth!" These were pre-pandemic times, so it's not likely that Harris will be able to greet people the way Palin did, but if she does she must "be sincere in looking in their eyes, understanding why they're there, never forgetting they represent the innumerable Americans putting their trust in you to serve for the right reasons." Catherine Garcia

March 22, 2018

President Trump offered his younger self some advice while speaking at a millennial-focused panel Thursday.

Asked for wisdom he'd pass on to his 25-year-old self, Trump offered a quip: "Don't run for president," he smirked.

Later in the discussion, Trump lamented how much negative press he received once he announced his bid for the White House. Prior to his involvement in politics, he "got the greatest publicity," he said. Despite all the critical coverage, Trump claimed, people "get it," because they now know about "fake news."

"There is a lot of fake news out there, and nobody had any idea," he continued. "I'm actually proud of the fact that I exposed it to a large extent. We exposed it. It's an achievement."

Trump was interviewed by the leader of Turning Point USA, a network of conservative college students. The president also discussed the opioid crisis, the need for more vocational schools, and young conservatives who are too afraid to vocally support his administration. Watch the clip below, via Bloomberg. Summer Meza

January 22, 2017

Pope Francis said in an interview Sunday it would be unwise to judge President Trump so soon after his inauguration, declining to offer an assessment of the new U.S. administration until more time has passed. "I think that we must wait and see. I don't like to get ahead of myself nor judge people prematurely," Francis said. "We will see how he acts, what he does, and then I will have an opinion. But being afraid or rejoicing beforehand because of something that might happen is, in my view, quite unwise."

The pope also issued a warning against turning to magnetic, populist "saviors" in times of fear. "Crises provoke fear, alarm," he mused. "In my opinion, the most obvious example of European populism is Germany in 1933. ... A people that was immersed in a crisis, that looked for its identity, until this charismatic leader came and promised to give their identity back, and he gave them a distorted identity, and we all know what happened." Bonnie Kristian

October 27, 2016

In further evidence Donald Trump is a self-proclaimed expert on every topic under the sun, the GOP nominee offered Wednesday to give Defense Secretary Ash Carter some advice on how to best defend the nation. During an interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, the host reminded Trump that Carter had said Trump doesn't "know a damn thing about military strategy." Trump's response? "I'll teach him a couple of things."

Trump then launched into an explanation of how the military offensive to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State should've been handled. "I've been hearing about Mosul now for three months. 'We're going to attack, we're going to attack,'" Trump said. "Why do they have to talk about it?"

Instead, the businessman advised, the military should have prioritized secrecy. "Don't talk about it," Trump said. "Element of surprise. General George Patton."

Listen to the rest of Trump's advice to Carter, a former physicist and Harvard professor who has been working on national security issues since the '90s, below. Becca Stanek

April 28, 2016

During a town hall at Georgetown University on Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) fielded a question from a disgruntled young Republican unhappy with this year's GOP presidential candidates.

The student told Ryan he was "very dismayed by this year's election so far" because it's "very difficult" for young Republicans to support Donald Trump or Ted Cruz, ABC News reports. Ryan said this was "unfortunately" not the first time he'd heard this, and encouraged young conservatives to "look at the policies not the person. It's the policies that matter so much. In front of you is not just a vote for a person, a political personality, in front of you will be a choice between two paths you will have to take. I would look at the ideas, look at the platform that's being advanced." Catherine Garcia

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