Sarah Palin wants America to be "unshackled" from the UN

The former half-term Alaska governor wants America to pull out of the United Nations

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published December 30, 2016 1:48PM (EST)


Former half-term Alaska governor Sarah Palin says she believes President-elect Donald Trump should engage in an "unshackling of the political bands tying us to the UN."

When asked by Breitbart how Trump could handle the UN's resolution last Friday to criticize Israel for continuing to build settlements in East Jerusalem and Palestinian territories, Palin recommended two measures.

"One is, I called for our next president, Donald Trump, to call for the unshackling of the political bands tying us to the UN," Palin said. "By exiting the UN, where injustice is actually rewarded, we then will be able to uphold America’s reputation as the leader, and as the kind and compassionate and generous nation that we are – as the nation sharing values that, when emulated by any other nation, can bring justice and equal rights to any other nation." Palin continued:

But the other way to look at this is, is it really going to be one person, one leader’s responsibility to do so? Or is this going to be part of the revolution that we have just seen, that did elect Trump? It’s we the people needing to step up and do it. It’s our government. It’s our money funding the lion’s share of the globalist circus. It’s we the people needing to rise up and make this a part of the revolution that we have just so benefited from.

Earlier in the interview, Palin pointed to the Brexit vote as a sign that nations could leave international bodies with which they're dissatisfied.

"I think many of us have called for America to really step up and consider what it is that we are funding and supporting via the UN, and how it works so hard really against U.S. interests, and just saying – look what the U.K. just did," Palin said. "This is such an encouraging time, where it’s not just us, but those across the pond, too, are understanding that their nation’s sovereignty and security are on the line here, with the ties that bind us to interests that really don’t further our agendas."

Palin concluded: "So when the U.K. made its move, it was just another reason to call yet again for the U.S. to get the heck out of the UN and get the UN out of the U.S. Let’s get going on putting America first so that we can sweep our own porch before telling other nations how to sweep theirs."

Palin's threat to punish the UN for its resolution on Israel is an echo of the message that has been repeated throughout the week by Republicans including Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, John McCain, and Lindsey Graham. America currently contributes 22 percent of the UN's budget, and while it is legally committed to continuing to do so, this could theoretically be changed by law.

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer at Salon. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012 and was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022.

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