Sarah Palin offers words of wisdom to Kamala Harris: ‘Trust no one’ and ‘have fun’

Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, offered some words of wisdom from the campaign trail to Kamala Harris on Tuesday after the senator was chosen to run as the Democratic vice presidential candidate: “Trust no one” and “have fun.”

“Congrats to the Democrat VP pick! Climb upon Geraldine Ferraro’s and my shoulders, and from the most amazing view in your life consider lessons we learned,” Palin wrote on Instagram. “Don’t get muzzled — 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.”

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Congrats to the democrat VP pick ?? Climb upon Geraldine Ferraro’s and my shoulders, and from the most amazing view in your life consider lessons we learned:1) out of the chute trust no one new; 2) fight mightily to keep your own team with you – they know you, know your voice, and most importantly are trustworthy;3) don’t get muzzled – 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.  So stay connected with America as you smile and ignore deceptive “handlers” trying to change you; 4) some fun terms you may learn: “OTR” – an orchestrated campaign stop that’s meant to look un-orchestrated where you “normalize” in front of voters. (I’d remembered not packing my running shoes, they turned it into a whole campaign stop with media detailing my every move trying on shoes.) OTR’s get bizarre (try eating in front of vultures looking for the “gotcha” shot!) but my team made OTR’s the second most fun thing! “Ropeline”: thee MOST fun thing! Every single handshake and holler and hug and smile melted my heart, energized my soul, and gave me the utmost hope in the greatest country on earth! The ropeline is often the only way to literally touch those whom you wish to serve, so 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. It’s who and what they represent that is all that matters! 5) don’t forget the women who came before you; 6) have fun! This IS the greatest country in the world and hopefully you’ll be blessed beyond belief, like I was, with meeting new people from all walks of life and see just how great it is!?? more to come… including one of the funniest things in my life, right before my debate with Sen. Joe Biden… stay tuned!- Sarah Palin

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Palin ran with the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), becoming the second woman to be on a major political party’s presidential ticket, after Geraldine Ferraro was Sen. Walter Mondale’s Democratic running mate in 1984. McCain and Palin lost to Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

14 PHOTOSSarah Palin and her son Trig togetherSee GallerySarah Palin and her son Trig togetherPHOENIX, AZ – OCTOBER 22: Politician and conservative activist Sarah Palin holds her son Trig Palin as she attends a rally for the Tea Party Express national tour October 22, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The tour, part of an initiative to get conservatives elected to the House and Senate, will move across country and conclude on November 1, 2010 in Concord, New Hampshire the day before the contentious mid-term elections. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin carries her one-year-old son, Trig, as she arrives at Barnes & Noble at The Villages, Florida, Tuesday, November 24, 2009.(Photo by Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)PHOENIX, AZ -OCTOBER 22:Politician and conservative activist Sarah Palin holds her son Trig Palin as she waves to supporters during a rally for the Tea Party Express national tour October 22, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The tour, part of an initiative to get conservatives elected to the House and Senate, will move across country and conclude on November 1, 2010 in Concord, New Hampshire the day before the contentious mid-term elections. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)NBC NEWS — Republican Presidential Campaign — Pictured: (l-r) Actress Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Piper Palin, Governor and Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin and husband Todd Palin holding Trig Palin at a rally in Tampa, FL on October 26, 2008 — Photo by: Sue Kroll/NBC NewsWireNBC NEWS — Republican Presidential Campaign — Pictured: Governor and Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin holding son Trig Palin speaks to a crowd of supporters in Lancaster, PA on October 18, 2008 — Photo by: Susan Kroll/NBC NewsWireNBC NEWS — Republican Presidential Campaign — Pictured: Governor and Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin holds son Trig Palin while she speaks to anoverflow group of supporters outside the Dover High School auditorium in Dover, NH on October 15, 2008 — Photo by: Sue Kroll/NBC NewsWireUNITED STATES – OCTOBER 02:Sarah Palin, Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor, takes her son Trig as she stands on stage with her husband Todd, and their children Bristol and Piper following a debate at the Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008. The much-anticipated duel between Senator Joseph Biden and Govenor Sarah Palin produced no fatalities, or even flesh wounds. Viewers of last night’s vice-presidential debate hoping for an on-air flameout by Palin were disappointed.(Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin carries her son Trig as she deplanes at Lambert Field airport in St Louis, Missouri on October 02, 2008.The Alaska governor will face-off with her Democratic counterpart Delaware Sen. Joe Biden at the Vice-Presidential Debate at Washington University later today.AFP PHOTO Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin carries her son Trig, 5 months, as she is joined by her family during her arrival at Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Florida, Friday, September 19, 2008. Palin will rally with supporters in The Villages, near Lady Lake, Fla., on Sunday.(Photo by Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)UNITED STATES – SEPTEMBER 04:Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska and Republican vice presidential candidate, holds her son Trig as she attends day four of the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008. Senator John McCain of Arizona, Republican presidential candidate, accepted his party’s nomination during his speech tonight.(Photo by Keith Bedford/Bloomberg via Getty Images)Sarah Palin, vice-presidential nominee, holds Trig, her last-born, as husband Todd looks on at the Republican National Convention 2008 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, on September 03, 2008. White House hopeful John McCain’s vice presidential pick Sarah Palin was to made her high-stakes debut at the Republican party’s convention in a pivotal speech that could make or break the Republican ticket in its battle against Democratic foe Barack Obama. AFP PHOTO / Paul J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)UNITED STATES – SEPTEMBER 03:Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska and vice presidential running mate of Senator John McCain of Arizona, Republican presidential candidate, holds her son Trig after speaking on day three of the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008. The RNC will run until Sept. 4.(Photo by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images)Sarah Palin, US vice presidential nominee (L), holds her youngest son Trig, on stage after her acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention 2008 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, on September 03, 2008.AFP PHOTO Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)ST. PAUL, MN – SEPTEMBER 03:Republican U.S vice-presidential nominee Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin holds her son Trig Palin on stage during day three of the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Xcel Energy Center on September 3, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The GOP will nominate U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) as the Republican choice for U.S. President on the last day of the convention.(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)Up Next

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Biden tapped Harris on Tuesday, choosing one of the Democratic Party’s biggest stars as his running mate while calling her a “fearless fighter for the little guy.”

Her nomination is historic. The California senator is the first African American and first Asian American to be nominated for vice president by a major political party, and she is just the fourth woman to be on a major party’s national ticket, following Hillary Clinton’s Democratic presidential run in 2016.

This campaign season will be historic in its own right due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Both Biden and President Donald Trump have been forced to cancel the slate of normal campaign events and will accept their parties’ nominations outside of the usual national conventions this year.

Palin did offer some advice about interacting with voters, encouraging Harris to use in-person events to “touch those whom you wish to serve.”

“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,” Palin wrote. “It’s who and what they represent that is all that matters!”

Harris was a Democratic presidential candidate until dropping out of the race in December, before the first caucus and after months of campaigning.

Palin concluded with a call that Harris enjoy herself over the next few months and to remember the women who came before her.

“Have fun!” Palin concluded. “This IS the greatest country in the world and hopefully you’ll be blessed beyond belief, like I was, with meeting new people from all walks of life and see just how great it is!”

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