Some are amused, and some are offended, by Donald Trump's wallowing in the depths of birtherism all over TV news. But not Sarah Palin. When asked about Trump's latest cause--tracking down President Obama's birth certificate--Palin said, "More power to him!" Speaking on Fox News, Palin explained that she approved of how Trump is "not just throwing stones, you know, from the sidelines. He's digging in there. He's paying for researchers to know why President Obama would have spent $2 million to not show his birth certificate."
Palin went on to say that she believes Obama was born in Hawaii, but "obviously, if there's something there that the president doesn't want people to see on that birth certificate... Then he seems to go to great lengths to make sure it isn't shown, and that's kind of perplexing for a lot of people."
Why would Palin turn birther now? As The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake note, back in February Palin said questions about Obama's birthplace were a distraction from more important issues. "Now, for some reason, she appears to think Trump’s quest is worthwhile," Cillizza and Blake write. What might that reason be? The Christian Science Monitor's Brad Knickerbocker thinks he has the answer: "Sarah Palin, for now at least, appears to have slipped to second place behind Trump among the most colorful of the GOP’s presidential teasers... Which may be why Palin took the opportunity to give Trump an attaboy on the birther deal."