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Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is jumping back into politics.

On Friday, former President Donald Trump endorsed the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate in the upcoming Alaska House special election.

Trump called Palin a “wonderful patriot” and “tough and smart,” adding that she is “a champion for Alaska values, Alaska energy, Alaska jobs, and the great people of Alaska.”

“Sarah lifted the McCain presidential campaign out of the dumps despite the fact she had to endure some very evil, stupid, and jealous people within the campaign itself,” Trump said. “They were out to destroy her, but she didn’t let that happen.”

Trump added: “I am proud to give her my Complete and Total Endorsement, and encourage all Republicans to unite behind the wonderful person and her campaign to put America First.”

Palin announced Friday that she was running to fill the House seat held by the late Rep. Don Young, saying her decision followed recent talks with Trump.

“Public service is a calling, and I would be honored to represent the men and women of Alaska in Congress, just as Rep. Young did for 49 years. I realize that I have very big shoes to fill, and I plan to honor Rep. Young’s legacy by offering myself up in the name of service to the state he loved and fought for,” Palin said in a statement.

Why would Sarah Palin consent to more inevitable abuse and humiliation on the political stage at this point in her life and career? Is the former governor of Alaska motivated by a desire to serve her state or does she have her eyes on a bigger prize?

Kendall & Casey explore those questions in the clip below.