April 28th, 2014
03:16 AM ET
9 years 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. Gerry

    "Nail dem turrists to crosses! That'll larn 'em in the Christian tradition!"

    April 29, 2014 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  2. glennrobert

    I believe the above comments pretty much got it right!

    April 29, 2014 03:58 am at 3:58 am |
  3. Judy king

    Just when I thought it was okay to stop taking my anti-hallucinating drugs that crazy woman from the bushes of Alaska is back giving me nightmares, she sits on her imaginary bridge to know where chanting drill baby drill, on a closer look she is actually just holding a drill bit in her Hand, she has Jo idea where the drill is, I told her Todd is st home using it as a hand mixer. Thanks quitter from wasilia it's back to the shrink for me, not to worry ed here in Canada have universal health care, oh yeah we here in socialist canada believe in spreading,the,wealth.

    April 29, 2014 03:59 am at 3:59 am |
  4. Anonymous

    Well, at least she didn't say
    "If you like it...you can keep it".

    April 29, 2014 04:05 am at 4:05 am |
  5. For the Duration

    It's sad the things she'll say to keep herself in the public eye.

    April 29, 2014 04:15 am at 4:15 am |
  6. Jay

    I thought god created the stars and the NRA in 1791...?

    April 29, 2014 04:40 am at 4:40 am |
  7. Megadeth

    putting olive oil on her is like sunlight to a vampire...

    April 29, 2014 05:30 am at 5:30 am |
  8. BD70

    I will never forgive McCain for unleashing her from Alaska.

    April 29, 2014 05:34 am at 5:34 am |
  9. Kris

    She takes 3 entire minutes to whip up a speech that says and means absolutely nothing...then the NRA pays her for it, and foams at the mouth to hear it. Too funny.

    April 29, 2014 05:56 am at 5:56 am |
  10. BigdaddyUSA

    Please, please run for office again. We all need a good laugh again.

    April 29, 2014 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  11. big dude

    Man..I still say she would be great at a "Frat House party'...pour enough hooch into her and she would take on the whole house....

    April 29, 2014 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  12. Marie MD

    McCain will burn in he!! for bringing forth this thing. All that POW era and all his years in congress doing good (up until 2008) are nothing compared to his selling his soul to the devil for a failed presidency.
    She has done more harm to this country in six years than most dictators because she lives in a country where stupid is par for the course and domestic terrorists are allowed to lie and spread hate.

    April 29, 2014 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  13. Yooper57

    A bear hasn't eaten her yet?

    April 29, 2014 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  14. EastCoast Mike

    This is what happens when conservatism goes unchecked....

    April 29, 2014 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  15. jim g

    palin. lmao. anyone who takes anything thing she says even remotely seriously should be given a brain scan. truly an emp tyhe aded fo ol.

    April 29, 2014 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  16. MC

    She sums up her hatefilled religion and despotic sky god well.

    April 29, 2014 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  17. Joe

    Why, why, why is she mocking one of Christianities most sacred rituals! I believe she must be possessed of one of those power seeking demons!

    April 29, 2014 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  18. AJ

    As much as I dislike Obama and disappointed with him, one look at this chick, and I count the blessings.

    April 29, 2014 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  19. Amy Edwards

    Well nothing change she is still as dumb as ever. When this chick will have some power, we will be doomed.

    April 29, 2014 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  20. Bob

    Wow. I'm a Republican old guy and I'm offended. This is not a private, personal discussion around her kitchen table; this is main-stream media. Her attempt a levity is out of place and out of touch; how could one not be offended. Her only good trait to the outside world used to be that she was nice to look at; now, each time she opens her mouth it becomes less so.

    April 29, 2014 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  21. BigAl

    geez, won't this woman just PLEASE GO AWAY!

    April 29, 2014 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  22. redrong

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

    Do you torture a convicted terrorists or anyone you suspect of being a terrorists? I sure that after being torture, everyone will confess to being a terrorist.

    April 29, 2014 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  23. Ronald

    You poor North Americans....

    April 29, 2014 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  24. Tadpole

    You can blame this woman all you want, and make fun of her ignorance if it makes you feel better. She is howwever who she is and never would have made the national, muchless international, level of recognition that she has if it wasn't for that huge mistake in judgment that the McCain campaign had. I blame you John.

    April 29, 2014 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
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