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Sarah Palin Endorses Donald Trump as GOP Presidential Candidate

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Wondering what this week's opening sketch will be on "Saturday Night Live"? We bet it'll be Sarah Palin-related, as the ex-Alaskan governor announced her support of Donald Trump for president this week with a rather, uh, memorable speech.

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Palin announced the endorsement at a Trump campaign rally in Ames, Iowa, on Tuesday — less than two weeks ahead of the Feb. 1 Iowa caucus — where she gave a rambling speech that some have called "incoherent," "clumsy," "slam poetry"-esque and full of "recycled catchphrases." The New York Times even published the 10 most mystifying quotes from her endorsement speech, with attempts to translate what she may have actually been trying to say.

The former vice presidential candidate entered the national limelight when she became Sen. John McCain's running mate in the 2008 election. Palin has often been the butt of jokes in the media and popular culture (including a spot-on impression by Tina Fey) and is known for her quirky catchphrases on the campaign trail. She famously once joked to a prime-time audience that she was an "average hockey mom," saying "you know what they say the difference is between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick!"

As a new generation of voters may not be as familiar with Palin's politics, Mashable published an explainer for those unfamiliar with the ex-VP hopeful, pulling highlights from her nomination acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in 2008, her ridicule on "SNL," several bizarre book releases and her reality TV stardom. If there's one thing this ex-hockey mom from Wasilla is, it's tenacious. The woman just will not give up — even if it means endorsing a candidate who once said her former running mate John McCain, who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for five years after his bomber was hit by a surface-to-air missile in 1967, was not a "war hero." To smooth things over, Palin called both McCain and Trump heroes a day ahead of her endorsement.

Palin is the highest-profile endorsement Trump has received thus far. Other notable names who have endorsed Trump include Jerry Falwell, Jr., Jesse James, Mike Tyson, Stephen Baldwin, Gary Busey, Ted Nugent, "Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson, former basketball star and "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant Dennis Rodman, Hulk Hogan, Charlie Sheen, Mark Cuban, Gene Simmons and retired NFL wide receiver and former "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant Terrell Owens.

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