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Perhaps it slipped Sarah Palin's memory that Sen. John McCain is responsible for shifting her career into the spotlight?

In the wake of Donald Trump's widely scrutinized remarks claiming the 78-year-old Arizona Senator, who famously spent five and a half years in a POW camp during the Vietnam War, is "not a war hero," the 51-year-old politician has spoken out about the controversy and says that both Trump and McCain are heroes in their own right.

"I have the good fortune of knowing both John McCain and Donald Trump well," Palin told CNN in an email. "Both men have more in common than the today's media hype would have you believe. Both blazed trails in their careers and love our great nation."

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Palin, who, per CNN, attached of photo of McCain returning from Vietnam to her email, continued, praising both the politicians. 

"Sen. McCain dedicated his life to serving our country, and in my humble opinion the sacrifices made by all ethical service members are heroic -- putting it all on the line to defend freedom IS heroic -- and Donald Trump is a hero in another arena," she wrote. 

"Trump is the candidate giving voice to untold millions of fed-up Americans witnessing a purposeful destruction of our economy and the equal opportunity for success that made America exceptional," the email continued. "We're watching career politicians throw away our kids' future through bankrupting public budgets and ripping open our porous borders which, obvious to all us non-politicians, puts us at great risk."

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Donald Trump

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After seemingly touching on the immigration debate, Palin took issue with McCain's previous choice of words after the former Republican presidential nominee called Trump's supporters "crazies." 

"Everywhere I go, hard-working patriotic Americans -- not 'crazies' or 'wacko birds' -- ask me to pass on to Mr. Trump encouragement to keep educating the masses about true ramifications of illegal immigration, and in general the real state of our union."

She concluded by blaming the "left and lazy media lapdogs" for the division in the Republican party. 

"I'll fight the exhausting, divisive strategy that's taken hold under the current crop of politicians who refuse to allow our United States to unite," she said. "Both Mr. Trump and Sen. McCain can contribute their gifts and talents to join that fight to work together, because the Left is headed the other direction and under that desired division we will fall." 

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