WASILLA, Alaska -- Sarah Palin chimed in on the language debate sparked by Donald Trump when he criticized Jeb Bush for answering a question on the campaign trail in Spanish.
U.S. immigrants, she says, should "speak American."
“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,” Palin said in a CNN interview.
"On the other hand, you know, 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.’ I mean... let's speak English.'"
The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee believed that "a language spoken by all" is an important unifying aspect of a nation.
Bush, who is fluent in Spanish, rejected Trump's notion that all Americans should speak only English, calling Trump's jibe that he "spoke Mexican" deeply divisive, according to the Guardian.
Trump has said he'd 'love to' give Sarah Palin a spot on his cabinet. In her interview, Palin also hinted that she'd love to serve as Secretary of Energy.
But she added that if she did end up heading the Department of Energy, she'd disband it and give more power to the states.