April 28th, 2014
03:16 AM ET
4 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. Elvira Wiggins

    Hex, you may very well not be in a Christian country (compliments of the Internet), but this article is written about a candidate running for President in USA. Back to the topic – She has a great sense of humor.. That is one of the funniest things she's said, apart from seeing Russia from her back yard.. I love the first comment about lumping Perry with her however.. because the writer there has no clue about Perry. This very same Perry has convinced Toyota to move its US headquarters to Texas. People are moving in droves to Texas. The rainy day fund has over 6 billion in it.. and.. Texas is currently producing 2 million barrels a day and is set to be the second largest producer of Oil in the World.

    April 28, 2014 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. pjr

    First of all I would doubt she would know how to spell waterboarding. But then again we shouldn't dismiss her, I mean she obviously has foreign policy experience per living across the street from Russia.

    April 28, 2014 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. The truth in my eyes

    Why don't we just give them lovable terrorists a hug. We could even put up a welcome sign.

    April 28, 2014 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. CoryT

    I hope she keeps talkin', because with every word out of her orifice, her supporters leave no doubt about their ignorance.

    April 28, 2014 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. Ms. Steak

    Palin – Bundy 2016: "Stupid on Steroids!"

    April 28, 2014 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. Hogan's Goat

    "people of the left flip out when she says stuff" No, she was speaking to the flipped-out crowd at an NRA rally. Would it kill you to just once read the article before spewing comments? Man. You must be this tall to ride. Kids, just sit quiet and watch, ok?

    April 28, 2014 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. Tom

    I wonder how she keeps her knuckles so clean when they drag so hard on the ground.

    April 28, 2014 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. louise margarite

    Jesus said we couldn't judge others, but we could judge their words ... and these words of Sarah Palin are so anti-Christlike and anti-US ideals ... we get baptized to 'die' with Christ so that we have the grace to love and serve others, including our enemies ...in fact, loving our enemies is a sign of Christianity ....

    April 28, 2014 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. dkc_2001

    Oh, my God, just shut up already...lol...

    April 28, 2014 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. buckcameron

    Why does CNN put up anything that this profoundly stupid woman says?

    April 28, 2014 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. TheSadTruth

    Shameful that this country had such an idiot run for vice president.

    April 28, 2014 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. jack

    Palin – Bundy 2016: "Stupid on Steroids!"

    April 28, 2014 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  13. PR

    Someone needs to waterboard this beyotch. Her 15 minutes of fame are up...wish she would just go back to Alaska and service the oil workers along with her bimbo daughter.

    April 28, 2014 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  14. Hogan's Goat

    "wake up now haters!" Ah, the irony is palpable. Another mentally-ill person gives us his viewpoint from the padded cell. Oh, we are just making up all those tornadoes, and we're making up some more tonight, but don't worry! All the dead people were just actors, right?
    Paranoid simpletons. Get some help soon.

    April 28, 2014 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. george

    She can't be THAT stupid. She gives women everywhere a bad name. She needs to find a hole and hide in it.

    April 28, 2014 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  16. GODZILLA1

    Thank you John McCain for unleashing this Snowflake Snookie on the world!

    April 28, 2014 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  17. Kimo

    She's obviously a sociopath but what kind I am not sure. I'm going with narcissistic personality disorder. It's no wonder she and her fellow grandstander, Giuliani, think Putin is a great leader. They are birds of a feather.

    April 28, 2014 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. Roger F. Carlson

    What a waste of internet space, quoting this jerk.

    April 28, 2014 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. YWalk

    one of her best lines in years – good sense of humour – love it, hehehehehe

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

    April 28, 2014 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  20. Bill from GA

    It is ironic that John McCain took a strong stance against waterboarding, saying it was certainly torture, and the idiot he brought out to the world now supports it.

    Might have been the only time I agreed with McCain. I wonder how he feels about Palin's comment. I don't think he would be laughing.

    April 28, 2014 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

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

    Easy to explain: McCain sold his soul to Karl Rove for a shot at the GOP nomination. McCain wanted Lieberman; Rove wanted a telegenic woman to counter Hilary not getting the nomination (because, as we all know, women only vote with their lady parts). McCain accepted it, because his ambition got the better of his common sense.

    April 28, 2014 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. sly

    Osama Bin Laden was simply baptising Americans by fire, 'Palin-Style'.

    April 28, 2014 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    @The truth in my eyes: "Why don't we just give them lovable terrorists a hug. We could even put up a welcome sign."

    Waterboarding doesn't work – and if we were so convinced of their guilt, then why didn't we charge them? Oh, that's right, then we'd have to deal with our pesky legal process.

    Go live in Somalia if you are so enamored with living without the rule of law!

    April 28, 2014 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  24. Bill from GA

    The truth in my eyes – "Why don't we just give them lovable terrorists a hug"

    Hug em if you like. Our Democrat President prefers Hellfire Missiles. We have killed more terrorist leaders under Obama than Cheney could ever waterboard, and they don't come back.

    April 28, 2014 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    She gets paid to spout this nonsense, so she does. Just like a lady of the evening get paid to do what she does. No difference between the two.

    April 28, 2014 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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