July 20, 2015 6:49 PM EDT

Sarah Palin has weighed in on the fight between Donald Trump and Sen. John McCain — and she’s not taking sides.

The former Alaska governor and McCain’s running mate in the 2008 presidential election responded to request for comment from CNN writing in an email by calling both men heroes.

“Both men have more in common than the today’s media hype would have you believe,” she wrote. “Both blazed trails in their careers and love our great nation.”

While Palin described McCain’s military and political service as heroic, she also said that Trump “is a hero in another arena,” adding that he is “giving voice to untold millions of fed-up Americans witnessing a purposeful destruction of our economy.” She alluded to Trump’s statement about immigrants by writing that career politicians are “ripping open our porous borders which, obvious to all us non-politicians, puts us at great risk.”

In recent years, Palin and Trump have had nice things to say about each other, and the two famously ate pizza (using forks and knives) together in New York in 2011. In June, she praised Trump’s campaign on Facebook, although she stopped short of endorsing him.

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