After a short introduction from Trump, Palin walked onto the stage with the utmost confidence and began her speech with Trump slogan, “Are you ready to make America great again?” followed by loud cheers from the crowd. She then continues to rile up the crowd by expressing her appreciation for hard working Americans, “you hard working Iowa families...you rock and rollers, and holy-rollers, all of you who work so hard, you full time moms, you with the hands that rock the cradle, you all make the world go round, and now our cause is one.” While it may seem like a long list, Palin effectively utilizes pathos by making the listeners feel wholly included in the process of Trump’s campaign.
While Trump stands admiringly in the background, mimicking Palin’s words with sly winks and gestures, Palin continues to talk about what she perceives as holes in America’s foreign policy, especially the recent capture of sailors in Iran. She vehemently condemns the current government for apologizing and then bending over and saying “thank you, enemy. We are ready for a change. We are ready, and our troops deserve the best.” Again, Palin uses an appeal to pathos, using a strong tone and playing on the fears of the listeners when it comes to foreign policy. She continues with this appeal when she boldly shouts, “he is from the private sector, not a politician, can I get a hallelujah?” The crowd then answers her call with a resounding “Hallelujah.” Here, Palin appeals to the listener’s emotion of want of change and discontent with candidates that are from inside Washington.
Her speech reaches its climax, however, when Palin shouts, “Are you ready for a commander in chief who will let our warriors do their jobs and go kick ISIS’ A**?” Followed by a resonating cheer from the audience, Palin again appeals to the fears that many Americans hold. Additionally she appeals to American’s pride. Therefore, while what Palin says may at times sound nonsensical, her messages still reverberate with emotion and continue to capture many of the American people.