Jan. 19, 2016 12:54pm Chris Enloe
Speculation was running amok in the political world early this week, after Donald Trump said Monday that he will have a “major announcement” Tuesday evening during an event in Ames, Iowa, that will include a “very special guest.”
Many observers thought that guest would be Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., who spoke highly of Trump Monday during Trump’s address to the university’s convocation. Conservative radio host Steve Deace, who has already endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, tweeted that he believed Falwell would be endorsing Trump.
“Multiple little birdies tell me Jerry Falwell, Jr. is going to endorse Trump for president and come to Iowa with him tomorrow,” Deace tweeted.
However, Falwell Jr. said in an interview with Sean Hannity Monday night that he would not be endorsing any political candidate for president, explaining that he cannot do so because Liberty is a non-profit organization — meaning the university is barred from participating in political campaigns.
Sarah Palin addresses a rally against the Iran nuclear deal Sept. 9, 2015. (Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla)
With Falwell likely out of the picture, speculation turned Monday to former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin. Would the 2008 vice presidential nominee be Trump’s “special guest”? Deace, who is one of the most “in the know” politicos in Iowa, later tweeted that everyone he knows “now believes Trump’s special guest in Iowa tomorrow night is now going to be Sarah Palin.”
But the most convincing evidence supporting the belief that Palin will be Trump’s “special guest” is an itinerary for a private jet that left Anchorage, Alaska, Monday, with a destination of Ames, Iowa. A commenter on a conservative message board unearthed the flight record last night.