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Sarah Palin congratulates Kamala Harris for being third woman on vice presidential ticket as she tells her to ‘trust no one new’



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Former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin has congratulated Kamala Harris on being selected as Joe Biden’s running mate and urged her to “trust no one new” in a string of tips on how to succeed.

Mr Biden announced on Tuesday that he had chosen the Californian Senator as his Democratic VP candidate, making her the third woman in history – and the first Black woman – to compete on a major party’s presidential ticket.

After the news was announced, Ms Palin – who became the second woman in US history to be added to the presidential ticket when she was John McCain’s running mate in 2008 – took to Instagram to offer advice.

“Congrats,” Ms Palin wrote in an Instagram post. “Climb upon Geraldine Ferraro’s and my shoulders, and from the most amazing view in your life consider lessons we learned.” Democrat Ferraro ran with Walter Mondale in 1984.

Kamala Harris will be Joe Biden’s running mate (REUTERS)

Ms Palin’s post also urged Ms Harris to “trust no one new” and “fight mightily to keep your own team with you”, with warnings to not “get muzzled” or “forget the women who came before you.”

She also called campaign aides “yahoos”, warning they can “suffocate you with their own self-centred agenda”. The former Alaska governor also warned Ms Harris to “stay connected with America as you smile and ignore deceptive ‘handlers’ trying to change you.”

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Ms Harris, 55, who is also of South Asian descent, is one of the party’s most prominent figures. She quickly became a top contender for vice-president after her own White House campaign ended.

She will appear with Mr Biden for the first time as his running mate at an event Wednesday near his home in Wilmington, Delaware.

Sarah Palin, left, ran with John McCain, right, in 2008 (AFP/Getty Images)

In announcing the pick Tuesday, Mr Biden called Harris a “fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants.”

She, in turn, said Mr Biden would “unify the American people” and “build an America that lives up to our ideals.”

Mr McCain and Ms Palin were defeated in 2008 by Barack Obama and Mr Biden.

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