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The 9 Juiciest Claims Made About Sarah Palin In “The Rogue”

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Joe McGinniss is definitely on Sarah Palin‘s s**t list. McGinniss moved to Alaska, next door to the Palins, to write a tome, The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin, which comes out on Tuesday. He engaged in some pretty sketchy reporting to make it happen, like bringing a gift to the Palin house and engaging Track in a conversation without disclosing his purpose for being there. But, the book also makes some amazingly juicy claims about Sarah Palin. For example, McGinniss alleges that she has cheated on Todd twice—once with an NBA star. Furthermore, he claims that Palin was once seen snorting cocaine. While snowmobiling.

Check out the details after the jump.

  1. So, about that NBA star. McGinniss claims that Sarah Plain met Glen Rice in 1987, when she was a television sports reporter and he was a star at the University of Michigan visiting for the “Great Alaska Shootout.” The two allegedly got busy in Sarah’s sister’s dorm room. This was nine months before Sarah married Todd. Rice confirms that they met, but won’t say whether they hooked up.
  2. A supposed “friend” claims that back in her younger days, “Sarah and her sisters had a fetish for black guys for a while.”
  3. While in college, Palin supposedly smoked pot with her professor.
  4. I have to give you this claim verbatim: “Sarah was seen snorting cocaine off an overturned 55-gallon oil drum while snowmobiling with pals.”
  5. According to McGinniss, Sarah has had an affair. He reiterates a claim made by The National Enquirer a few years ago that Sarah had an affair in the mid ’90s with Brad Hanson, who co-owns a snowmobile dealership with Todd. Both have denied this is true.
  6. Sarah allegedly burned a pot of Kraft macaroni and cheese … and then served it to Bristol and Willow. The horror!
  7. McGinnis isn’t completely convinced that Trig Palin is Sarah’s baby. He writes, “In regard to Trig, anything is possible … It is perhaps the most blistering assessment of her character possible that many Wasillans who’d known Sarah from high school onward told me that even if she had not faked the entire story of her pregnancy and Trig’s birth, it was something she was eminently capable of doing.”
  8. Allegedly, a source tells McGinniss that Palin “isn’t comfortable in the presence of dark-skinned people.” Which would go directly against one of the statements above?
  9. Palin once allegedly said, “I got on my biggest push-up bra and I’m gonna get what I want.”

While so many of these claims are juicy, I think McGinniss went too far. I don’t love his methodology of moving to the Palin’s backyard to write a book about them, or that he quotes tons of claims from anonymous sources. Furthermore, he publishes a map to the Palin’s home in the book, which just isn’t cool. If I had to make a bet, I’d say that only 25 percent of this is actual fact. And I’m guessing the burnt mac ‘n’ cheese is part of that portion.

[The Daily Beast]
[NY Times]
[NY Post]

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