April 28th, 2014
03:16 AM ET
6 months ago

Palin: ‘Waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists’

(CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told a capacity crowd at a National Rifle Association rally how she would baptize terrorists if she was an elected official.

“If I was in charge,” Palin said Saturday in Indianapolis, “they would know, waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.”

Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who ran against then Sen.-Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election, with Palin as his running mate, has spoken out against waterboarding, calling it illegal and ineffective. During the Vietnam War, McCain endured years of torture and imprisonment as a prisoner of war under the North Vietnamese.

In her speech, Palin also said the Washington insiders who called the 2009 mass shooting at Fort Hood a case of workplace violence “don’t know what is right.” That shooting was carried out by Maj. Nidal Hassan.

“Not when that evil Muslim terrorist Major Hassan massacres his fellow military soldiers at Fort Hood,” she said.

Characterizing Hassan, “that devil” as a ‘disgruntled employee,’” is hypocritical, said Palin.

Palin called liberals hypocrites for their stance on issues varying from gun control to torture at the NRA event that was part of the organization’s 2014 convention.

But she backtracked later, saying, “Not all intolerant anti-freedom leftist liberals are hypocrites.”

“I’m kidding,” she said. “Yes, they are.”

Palin told the crowd that “guys like” Sen. Al Franken and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid “are not satisfied with just taking your money and your job and your truck and your property and your rights and your healthcare. Those Democrats trying to get all ‘Pelosi’ on ya, and you’re not gonna have it!” she said, referring to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Palin accused the Democrats of pursuing “policies that poke our allies in the eye and coddle adversaries instead of putting the fear of God in our enemies.”

She ended her speech by telling the crowd that the bracelet she wears celebrates the Bill of Rights, ratified in 1791.

“It’s why we’re here, to celebrate and confirm that solemn oath to liberty,” she said.


Filed under: 2008 Election • Al Franken • Alaska • Harry Reid • Indiana • Nancy Pelosi • NRA • Sarah Palin • Terrorism
soundoff (899 Responses)
  1. masterpjj

    Real good religious people should come out against torture not for it. I can't see the Pope supporting this lady one bit since she doesn't espouse a christian viewpoint very well.

    April 28, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. antique-republican

    Thank fully she represents a small and diminishing breed of believers in the US and around the world. That mindset is only common in radical right wing circles. Iran, tea party etc.

    April 28, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. Jack

    She isn't to be taken serious, even when she tries to be serious, Her & Bachmann are nothing Publicity Hogs

    April 28, 2014 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. Librarian53

    Once again Palin shows her ignorance of facts. Thank goodness she isn't in charge of anything.

    April 28, 2014 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. MichaelF

    This woman is awesome. She never lets me down. Whenever i think she can't go any deeper in the crazy hole, she pulls out the shovel and goes to work. I can not believe how many people actually voted to have her as the Vice President of the United States. Everyone of those people should not be allowed to vote ever again for what the tried to do to this country that i love. SMDH Baptizing terrorists = waterboarding.... smh

    April 28, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  6. Stop wasting time

    Thank the giant spaghetti monster in the sky that this quack is not in the White House.

    April 28, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    StevenR

    I just want to be clear – this woman makes a JOKE about the values we as Americans hold most dear – and YOU think that is OK? That she JOKES about CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY committed by the country we AMERICANS hold as a SHINING CITY ON A HILL and YOU think that is fine? Really? REALLY???????
    --------------------–
    Eeee-YUP. Really. Good thing they were indoors, though. Had they been outside, some of the audience just may have pulled out there Glocks and started firing a three gun salute into the air after she delivered that line.

    April 28, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. richard miller

    She needs to be waterboarded.

    April 28, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. Please Stop Sarah

    When are intelligent Conservatives going to stand up against this woman? I'm a liberal with friends all across the political spectrum. The one thing they all have in common is they cannot stand Sarah Palin. She stokes the fires of hatred around the world every time she is given a microphone. For the safety and sanity of this country, her publicity must come to and end.

    April 28, 2014 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. Dana

    People like her should be excommunicated. Oh wait, she is not even a traditional Christian. She can't be. She can spew whatever she wants and her church won't do anything.

    April 28, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. Tammy

    Sarah Palin is why the rest of the world hates us.

    April 28, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. Joe The Plumber

    What a perversion of the Christian faith. Dont think Jesus is on board with this one. How would she feel aobut waterboarding mama grizzlies.

    April 28, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. david

    Smart woman. We need people in office who are not afraid of the foul-mouthed liberals who have no idea that their freedom is won not "negotiated".

    April 28, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. Pickles

    My gawd this woman is a moron and any of her dwindling supporters are just as bad. She is an embarassement and continues to embarrass herself over and over and over again. When is she going to go away!

    April 28, 2014 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  15. Thatguy371

    “If I was in charge,” Palin said Saturday in Indianapolis, “they would know, waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.”

    Yeah, like we needed it, yet another reason to NOT put this goofball in charge of ANYTHING.

    April 28, 2014 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    " ...she wouldn't even be allow to vote.. Took another 130 years before women could vote."

    Well, to give Sarah Palin all the credit she deserves ... she's never been known for being the brightest bulb on the tree.

    April 28, 2014 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  17. elvis costanza

    She can afford to be so reckless because she will NEVER be in charge of anything but her own ego. She sets up these false premises, like we're coddling terrorists, and then whips out a few juvenile and snarky put-downs like that solves anything.

    April 28, 2014 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. Yea right

    I don't know of any politician or spokesperson who does more for the liberal cause then Palin. Thank you Sara for just being you, by golly.

    April 28, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  19. crabman1

    she's wicked smart--–she can see whats going on in Russia from her back yard

    April 28, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  20. Trussert

    Yes Sarah. Just what Jesus would do and how John baptized. Mirror mirror on the wall, who is most ignorant of them all?
    You are right there Palin but you have competition!

    April 28, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. Jules

    These GOP and NRA rallies are like right wing freak shows. The crap that comes out of these people's mouths is unbelievable. I want to turn away in disgust but at the same time I'm captivated have to watch.

    April 28, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. The GOP need to pack up and leave

    Waterboarding is baptism?

    ::shakes head in disbelief::

    Just when you think she can't say anything any more idiotic and nonsensical, she surprises you.

    April 28, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  23. Christopher Shott

    As Forrest Gump would say: "Stupid is as stupid does."

    April 28, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  24. Jules

    These GOP and NRA rallies are like right wing freak shows. The stuff that comes out of these people's mouths is unbelievable. I want to turn away in disgust but at the same time I'm captivated have to watch.

    April 28, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  25. jonathan

    Let me guess: she's selling the bracelets at her website

    April 28, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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