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. brian

    Did Palin's mother have any live ones?

    April 28, 2014 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  2. Randall

    This is why she is unfit to be president. We can't conduct this nation's business talking like backwoods rednecks. That may appeal to some of you, but its no way to build consensus in the world and contrarily to what some might think, we are not all powerful such that we can do it all alone.

    We all privately feel what she said (about terrorists) but a statesman or stateswoman can't say it in public.

    April 28, 2014 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  3. m123

    Why won't this woman just go away

    April 28, 2014 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. bruce

    Someday, your son or daughter might be captured by the Russians or the Chinese and held for a long time. How do we keep them from being tortured when we justify it and do it routinely ? We had a moral authority in this country, and that has been ruined. No, its not OK to waterboard people and torture them. Waterboarding is the definition of torture, and anyone who says different misleads.

    April 28, 2014 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. Hogan's Goat

    This is all very well for the NRA, but even they would be screaming in terror by about the second week of a ridiculous Palin presidency. She'd crash the stock market, say racist stuff to the military, triple the price of gas, and get us into six wars that would require a new draft. Every day she would have to have it re-explained that she can't just make law by writing memos to her staff, and every night the wine coolers would flow like fountains as the boys lined up to impregnate her daughters. What is it about this huge failure that makes her so necessary to the shotgun boys? Her husband is anti-USA and was the president of the treasonous Alaska Secession Movement, and her daughters just ran wild with no morals. Role model for WHAT?

    April 28, 2014 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. Russ N

    Why do so many Liberals seem to be apologetic for some of these terrorists all the time? Oh wait, the US made them do it because we're so bad.

    April 28, 2014 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    @Elvira Wiggins: You can have Texas, with its low wages and crummy environment.

    April 28, 2014 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    If I actually said what I want to say, it could not be printed. Please just go away Sarah, do America a favor and just go away.

    April 28, 2014 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Dear Sarah,

    Your 15 minutes have been up for a few years now. America doesn't like a quitter like you. There is a reason you are not in charge. Most of us smell crazy on you. So, please stay out of the spotlight so the rest of us can watch real news.

    April 28, 2014 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. Dr. Howard

    Anything to shake up the liberals I'm for. Love Sarah Palin, she's got more balls the fools running this country.

    April 28, 2014 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. raven 9

    palin need intensive psycho-spiritual therapy – or she'll have to repeat her tragic life all over next time – i pray for her awakening

    April 28, 2014 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  12. Randall

    Russ N

    " Why do so many Liberals seem to be apologetic for some of these terrorists all the time? Oh wait, the US made them do it because we're so bad. "

    Name one example Russ. Just one.

    April 28, 2014 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. David

    We all knew people like Palin when we were in high school. They were the pretty girls who made fun of the fat girls, the handicapped, the poor kids, etc. She was (and still is) the epitome of a bully.

    April 28, 2014 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  14. andrewploessl

    So is rape just pro-creation?

    April 28, 2014 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  15. buck holeshot

    please
    just
    go
    away
    you're just as bad as extreme liberals. anything to the extreme is bad

    April 28, 2014 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. qsmurf

    Hence the reason you're NOT in charge you daft dimbo!

    April 28, 2014 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. MaryM

    Sarah was one of the first women to get a shot at the VP of the U.S. and she turned out to be an air head, dim wit, hater.
    I thank God every day that McCain was not elected in 2008

    April 28, 2014 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Sarah Palin can say whatever she wants because she's an entertainer who doesn't have to run for office.

    April 28, 2014 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  19. Sarah Palin: Because Stupid People Want A Voice Too

    C'mon people, it was an NRA rally. Cliven Bundy would get a standing ovation.

    April 28, 2014 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  20. Poorpoorsarah

    Poor, poor, bitter Sarah. No one and nothing is more damaging to her credibility than when she flaps her lips. She's a joy and credit to liberals everywhere. No one in their right mind could possibly believe this particular wench is anything but the lowest common denominator in a redneck environment. I thank you, Witch of Wasilla, from the very bottom of my heart.

    April 28, 2014 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  21. GOP = Greed Over People

    Saint Sarah, always the embodiment of the GOP's "chri$tian values" from using her special needs baby as a prop for Baby Jesus, to condemning future babies of the U. S. To torture procedures in future foreign conflicts.

    And let it begin, with one of her kids or grand kids!

    April 28, 2014 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  22. MoodyFoodie

    That's like the most blasphemous thing I've heard in awhile. And stupidest.

    April 28, 2014 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  23. sly

    "Someday, your son or daughter might be captured by the Russians or the Chinese and held for a long time. How do we keep them from being tortured when we justify it and do it routinely ?"
    =====
    Our opponents see how we routinely torture our prisoners.

    As a direct results, they fly airplanes into our skyscrapers, and hang our American soldiers headless from bridges.

    Goes around, comes around. The more Palin flaps her lips, the more Americans will die. She is dangerous for our son's and daughters.

    April 28, 2014 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  24. Pat

    Why does CNN keep repeating every moronic thing that this idiot says? If we wait for her to be embarrassed enough by her own stupidity to shut up, we will wait a long time. Let's just let her be a dumb as she is.... without breathlessly publishing the latest mental lapse.
    Sarah, dear....don't go away mad....just go away.

    April 28, 2014 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  25. Tim C

    She is as relevant as a Kardashian. When her mouth opens nothing of any importance comes out.

    April 28, 2014 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
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