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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 06/01/2011

Pizza, Palin and palling around with Trump

Sarah Palin’s “One Nausea,” er, “One Nation” tour rolled into New York City last night. There are so many things wrong with her Big Apple visit I don’t know where to begin. There are the superficial things, such as the pizza party at a known tourist trap. And there are the substantive things, such as hobnobbing with a known presidential tease who gladly perpetuated a racist conspiracy theory to climb the polls among Republicans before his employer yanked his chain back — hard.

But let’s start with the superficial, shall we?

Palin goes all the way to New York City to eat at La Famiglia Pizzaria?! With Donald Trump?! Maybe he had pizza on the brain because one of the challenges he put those (other C-list) stars through on his reality television show was running a pizza parlor. Anyway, I used to walk by that joint all the time on my way to 30 Rock. La Famiglia isn’t one of those fancy places where eating pizza with a knife and fork is no big deal. You know, like in Naples. No, this is the kind of pizza joint where where you eat the slices with your hands, preferably folded. It also has huge picture windows, which suited their purpose of being seen. And as you can see from this photo snapped by NBC News, they opted not to eat much — if at all.

Next time, Sarah, if Donald is going to parade you around (not that you minded, I’m sure), make him take you someplace chic but not totally inaccessible. I’m thinking Monkey Bar, Michael’s, Waverly Inn or the Four Seasons restaurant. If Palin really wanted to set New York on fire she would have shown up at the daily power breakfast at the Regency. Instead, Palin made this announcement to America via Twitter.

“We’ll highlight the beauty of legal immigrants’ work ethic and love of freedom while visiting Ellis Island & Statute of Liberty today.”

You read that right, “statute.” So far, Palin has yet to refudiate that tweet.

Now, for the substance. Palin called into question the character and patriotism of then-candidate Barack Obama during the 2008 campaign when she famously — and falsely — slammed him as “someone who sees America it seems as being so imperfect that he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country.” I won’t go so far as to call Trump a terrorist, but Palin today is palling around with a man who coarsened American political discourse by perpetuatting a racist lie against the president of the United States despite ample evidence of the truth. The rise and implosion of the Trump-for-president boomlet would scare off any serious contender for the White House. The show Trump and Palin put on for the cameras on Broadway last night is further evidence that Palin is neither a candidate for president nor serious.

By  |  11:30 AM ET, 06/01/2011

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