Having immigrants to the US know English has long been a bread and butter issue among the nativists of the Republican party, but former Alaska governor Sara Palin just did them one better, demanding on national TV that immigrants “speak American.”
Palin, whose folksy style produced no shortage of gaffes when she ran for veep in 2008, tells CNN’s “State of the Union” that while she respects Jeb Bush’s ability to speak and campaign in Spanish, she also agrees with Donald Trump on some aspects of immigration policy.
“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 says, according to a report in The Hill. “I mean that’s what’s — let’s speak English and that’s a kind of a unifying aspect of the nation is the language that is understood by all.”