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. Jeff

    Whoever said "amen sister" is an idiot. Plain and simple.

    April 28, 2014 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. Dave

    You don't really need to comment on everything!!!!! Sometimes, you should just zip it.

    April 28, 2014 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  3. Derp a Derp!

    The US version of Hitler...Palin!

    April 28, 2014 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. winger

    OMG, I didn't even get the bracelet thing.. good catch. I knew she was doing this for money, just didn't realize if was brazen advertising.
    Does she realize she's ruining the country!

    April 28, 2014 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. lmao

    water boarding IS just like water boarding ... the kind that G.W.Bushes parents had done to him that made him half retarded or the kind that Palin had done to one of her kids that made IT fully retarded

    April 28, 2014 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. sheesh

    Wow! That was a stream of utter ignorance and inflammatory rhtoric (referring to the article). Imagine if she ever got into office: we'd be in the same position as Israel. I don't want our country to be despised by most of the world. Israel does poke at all of its neighbor's eyes and then promptly hides behind the USA. I'm tired of both Democrat and Republican leadership. It's time to do what's right and be able to look everyone in the eye. Torture is wrong and it simply doesn't work. Not everyone believes in "God" and nobody needs to be "baptized".

    April 28, 2014 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. neastsider

    A certifiable nutbag talking to a bunch of certifiable nutbags, just waht thsi country doesn't need.

    April 28, 2014 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. SixDegrees

    I'm sure Jesus feels this way.

    April 28, 2014 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. Bill Sheehan

    Palin: The republican's worst nightmare, a gift that keeps on giving.

    April 28, 2014 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. kondordisqus

    Why does anyone care what this author has to say?

    April 28, 2014 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. dajmipiwo

    The Bill of Rights she clearly didn't read prohibits the establishment of religion...like baptism. At least we can keep track of her this way so we can avoid her like the plague. Thanks, CNN!

    April 28, 2014 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. BigLuvins

    I've never been one to rave about the Harry Potter movies but I can't get past the similarities between that Umbridge lady (the one who always wore pink) and Palin.

    April 28, 2014 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  13. Thomas

    I thought Anita Bryant was dead ?

    April 28, 2014 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  14. Fair is Fair

    jazzophile

    This is a reply to "Fair Is Fair"..... I don't completely understand your post. Perhaps you could explain it further? Especially your last comment, "I suppose you lefties here condone this, right?" Excuse me, but condone WHAT, exactly? Thanks for helping us all understand what was probably a very witty and insightful post on your part. (no, that's not 'inciteful', Ms Palin..)
    ----------
    Takke a look at the verticcal capitalization.. then get back to me. That goes for you too, Rudy... it goes WAY beyond "Obozo" and the like...

    April 28, 2014 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  15. Take me to the River....

    Wow, she could have been in the White House....still i'm curious:

    Why do right wingers like sarah, clive bundy and sean hannity think liberals "hate freedom"?

    We work hard, pay our taxes, raise our kids to be good citizens, speak coherently, think, read, give to charity...

    And we are free....yep, free as anyone!!... but because we think universal healthcare is a good idea and can work over time then, somwhow.... we hate freedom???

    I continue to miss the argument from the right. I'm just looking to be happy...and breath fresh air with a healthy family that wants to help the world change for the better.

    April 28, 2014 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  16. Handsome Dan

    If waterboarding is a form of baptism, then why doesn't Sarah give it a try?

    April 28, 2014 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. roofinreality

    Thank you $ister $arah. You prove your worth again.

    April 28, 2014 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. PM Ohio

    Wow...the Right's favorite voice, proudly advocating tourture...a week after having to run from the latest racist mouthpiece they embraced. The clown car that is the GOP is going to be fun to watch in 2016, lol.

    April 28, 2014 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. danielz

    She actually gets paid good money to give these stupid speeches. This disputes the notion that any given market regulates itself. lol!

    April 28, 2014 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  20. happynurse

    Then let's baptize her

    April 28, 2014 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. eqgold

    Luckily she's not an elected official. She's, uh, nobody.

    April 28, 2014 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  22. Glenn

    What should people be more outraged over? Palin's comment about water boarding terrorists or the current administration handling aka killing of whoever they deem to be a terrorist without due process.

    April 28, 2014 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  23. Glenn

    What should people be more outraged over? Palin's comment about water boarding terrorists or the current administration handling aka bombing of whoever they deem to be a terrorist without due process.

    April 28, 2014 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. veep

    It's still utterly astonishing, to me, that she was the Vice Presidential Candidate for the Republican Party under John McCain.

    (are y'all really not severely embarrassed yet?!)

    April 28, 2014 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    @Jim in PA`: "I see Alaska's answer to Honey Boo Boo is back in the "news."

    Excellent post – thanks!

    April 28, 2014 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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