But though she ran with the famous "maverick" who would be a thorn in former President Donald Trump's side until even after his death, Palin has embraced the Republican party's staunch rightward turn—some would say she even prompted it with her comments on the 2008 campaign trail.
Like Trump, whom she endorsed in a bizarre speech during the 2016 Republican primaries, Palin was a reality tv star after her failed vice presidential bid. She had her own show on TLC and, more recently, appeared in The Masked Singer where she performed Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back" in a bizarre segment that, however unintentionally, held a mirror up to the current American political landscape.
Now, Palin is a Fox News contributor, and she recently embarked on a rant against firebrand progressive Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.
Palin was responding to Ocasio-Cortez's recent callout of the new anti-abortion law in Texas. The Congresswoman—colloquially known as "AOC"—criticized recent comments made by Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott's defense of the law; a defense that was at odds with the biological realities of pregnancy.
Palin said of AOC:
"She is such a fake feminist that she would bring up an issue like this and try to use it to make some kind of political point. That's not equality, right? ... She's so off-base politically, but off-base even in this analogy or whatever it is that she's throwing out there. She's milking the whole female thing, and as a real feminist, I'm embarrassed for her."
Ocasio-Cortez soon responded, mocking the criticism.
She wasn't the only one to laugh at Palin's near-incoherent diatribe.
They were especially skeptical of Palin's claim to be a "real feminist".