Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin Thursday congratulated Mitt Romney for helping Donald Trump's "favorables" rise again with voters after his stinging attack on the Republican front-runner — accusing him of being "used by the corrupt political establishment who can't afford to lose their power in liberal D.C."
"Your speech was so silly and contradictory, it confirmed the reasons Trump received tens of thousands more votes than you did in your own home state that you governed," Palin said on Facebook.
"Could the establishment really not find anyone credible in their holier-than-thou movement to spew the deception you regurgitated today on TV?"
In his speech in Salt Lake City, Romney, who lost the 2012 race to President Barack Obama, ripped Trump as a fraud
who is playing the American public for suckers.
Trump hit back later Thursday, calling the former Massachusetts governor "a failed candidate,"
a "lightweight," and a "chicken" who should have defeated Obama.
In her post, Palin, who endorsed Trump in January, called on "independent, commonsense conservative patriots" to "ramp it up" against the Republican establishment.
"Thankfully, Mitt's anti-Republican platform speech just strengthened our own," the 2008 vice presidential candidate said. "Americans' shoulders just got bigger and broader. Way to go, Mitt."
In an earlier Facebook post
right after Romney's speech, Palin urged Trump not to "take the bait" and resist the attack.
"It's not about you," she said. "It's about us. And we've got your back."
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