Republican candidates vying for the party’s nomination at the national convention in July are arguing not only among themselves, but have ignited a split between two conservative commentators in this most contentious of election years.

Sarah Palin, the high-profile and controversial former governor of Alaska first achieved national prominence when she was chosen by Sen. John McCain as his running mate in the 2008 election, has endorsed frontrunner Donald Trump in his quest for the 2016 Republican nomination for the presidency, fueling a furious exchange with one of her former supporters, conservative Glenn Beck.

Glenn, has come out strongly against frontrunner Trump on his nationally syndicated radio programs, as well as on his television network and website, “The Blaze,” and created controversy when he recently said he would like to see a Sanders-Cruz race.

Sanders self-avowed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and has made an unexpectedly strong bid to topple former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s once virtually assured nomination for the presidency.

Beck, who calls himself a conservative with libertarian leanings, said on air that he respects Sanders for his honesty “because he’s not afraid to say, “I’m a socialist,”” adding that he “vehemently” disagrees with the Senator’s policies and proposals.

Calling Beck “Ted Cruz’s star spokesman and campaign partner,” Palin, was quick to jump on the comment on Facebook with a series of rhetorical questions highlighting the differences between Sanders and Trump with respect to the Second Amendment, abortion, immigration, economic growth and reduced debt.

The half-page post challenged Cruz’s positions on the issues asking, “What’s conservative about that? What’s judicious about that? What’s honorable about that? What’s celebratory about that?”

Palin predicted, “Beck will go ballistic after reading this post and will ramp up his unjustified attacks against Donald Trump, me, my faith and you. What’s smart about that?”

In fact, Beck broke away from Palin in September after she endorsed Trump, saying he was “embarrassed” by his former support of her. “I don’t even know who she is any more.”



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