“I think we can send a message and say, ‘You want to be in America? A. You better be here legally or you’re out of here. B. When you’re here, let’s speak American,’” Palin told CNN’s Jake Tapper in an interview that aired on “State of the Union” Sunday. “I mean, that’s just — let’s speak English and that’s kind of a unifying aspect of a nation — the language that is understood by all.”
Palin’s comments were in response to the dustup between Republican presidential hopefuls Jeb Bush and Donald Trump after Trump suggested candidates not speak Spanish while on the campaign trail. Bush, who speaks Spanish, called Trump intolerant.
“I don’t know what choosing to speak English or Spanish in a conversation, what that would have to do — somebody opposing it — with tolerance or not,” Palin continued. “I think it’s a benefit of Jeb Bush to be able to be so fluent in Spanish because we have a large and wonderful Hispanic population that is helping to build America, and that’s good, and that’s a great relationship and connection that he has with them through his wife and through his family connections.”