In the week that has followed the surprising election of Donald Trump, new headlines have formed in the mainstream media and across social journalism platforms. While many of stories have painted the upcoming Trump administration in a negative light, not everyone sees it that way.

Palin speaks out

After Trump officially announced the addition of executive chair of Breitbart News, Steve Bannon, as his new Chief Strategist, reports circulated and criticized the pick. Bannon has been accused of promoting "racism" and "anti-Semitism," while giving an outlet to the so-called "alt-right," a strain of the American political right that pushes back at mainstream conservatism.

Bannon himself has been accused of holding "white nationalist" views, though he continues to deny these claims. On her offical Facebook page on November 16, former half-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin came to Bannon's defense.

When Palin vaulted onto the national scene in 2008, she was quickly greeted with open arms from right-wing conservatives, and became a de facto leader of the Tea Party that would come soon after. Palin was also one of the first high-profiled names to publicly endorse Trump, announcing her support this past January. Palin stuck by Trump through thick and thin, and is now defending his decision to add Bannon as one of his right hand men.

"The Steve Bannon I know is a passionate defender of freedom and he lives by example," Palin wrote on her Facebook post, referring to the new Chief Strategist as a "patriot; a military veteran and proud Army dad." "Steve Bannon, is particularly bright on the Leftist media's radar because they can not handle the fact he's also from their arena but has been enormously more influential than his peers," Palin noted, before lashing out at the "liberal lamestream lapdog media." The former governor then went on to post about Breitbart News planning to sue a "major media company" for defamation, hitting back at the "lies and smears" of the media.

Palin then shifted into self-promotion mode, plugging a positive documentary about herself, titled "The Undefeated."

Next up

With the Bannon pick made, all eyes will be on what Trump does moving forward. Names like former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Sen. Jeff Sessions have been rumored to be up for a position.

Even Palin is on an alleged short list to become the next Secretary of Interior. While Trump prepares to transition into the White House, he will first face charges of racketeering and fraud as the Trump University trail get underway in less than two weeks.

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