April 28th, 2014
03:16 AM ET
6 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. Matheus Kramer

    She is lovely! Reagan lives on patriots like her!

    April 28, 2014 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  2. Candace Wilson

    Sarah Palin is raking in the dough, while spewing her typical insanity.

    April 28, 2014 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Well, I guess she gets a 'point' for 'integrity' when she freely and publicly admits her religion is to torture others. Well said!!

    April 28, 2014 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  4. Marie MD

    OMG! This thing first in the morning on a Monday no less?
    I see that she is still sticking to her lies, innuendos and stu pid. Only the brainless can follow this woman of the night who gave up her post for money. Thanks, again, old man from AZ.
    BTW, as a domestic terrorist herself let's try it out on her to see how she feels about waterboarding.
    Maybe screecher because NOT everyone invokes our god whom you seem to have no idea of what he's about," 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.”

    April 28, 2014 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  5. J Anthony

    This woman is an unscrupolus oppurtunist; a righht-wing rabble-rouser, throwing red meat around.. What does she have to offer in the way substantive ideas or incentives? She made a career out of exacerbating the divisions in the country, and should be ignored.

    April 28, 2014 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  6. J Anthony

    Sorry about the typos, i don't always check my posts before submitting them. Again, why on Earth is anyone listening to or covering this shrew? Does she really help to generate that much revenue?

    April 28, 2014 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  7. Gurgyl

    -–then work for total Gun-ban Laws. Inhuman. All these War-Criminals that were the force to move this nation to "WRONG-WAR" with "NO". WMD, just for Foreign contracts of Haliburton are also criminals, water board them, baptize those criminals too, including Bush, Dick etc.

    April 28, 2014 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  8. TomInRochNY

    Ah, Palin, the gift that keeps on giving, for the left.

    April 28, 2014 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  9. devil's advocate

    "If I were in charge", spare me, that's exactly why your not in charge .

    April 28, 2014 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  10. Kinard

    There's something wrong with this person. She's just not wrapped right.

    April 28, 2014 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  11. devil's advocate

    Solemn oath to liberty, then why suppress votes, isn't that the purest form of liberty? And how do you put the fear of a Christian god into Muslims, waterboarding? Man, if ever they're was a wake up call, here it is, how can you vote for people like her, seriously can't do it, I just can't support that level of intolerance and hate.

    April 28, 2014 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  12. devil's advocate

    I sincerely hope many conservative republican voters will be in disagreement with her every word, its all total BS, such a vile mind, physically attractive, and mentally bankrupt.

    April 28, 2014 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  13. GJ Meyer

    Who cares about Palin's opinion on any topic these days?

    April 28, 2014 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  14. Alan

    Seriously could she possibly be more of an embarrassment! Thank you John McClain for saddling us with her!

    April 28, 2014 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    Can we start with waterboarding her? I'm sure her apologists will be on here in force, saying what a wonderful person she is, a real patriot, etc. To abuse the concept of baptism to score a political point with a no-information crowd is obscene, even for her.

    April 28, 2014 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  16. Ian's Rushtache

    Just one more war hungry Murican Christian. Nothing says that we are a country to emulate like hateful religious speech.

    April 28, 2014 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  17. devil's advocate

    She embodies all the finest gop qualities, how does an intelligent educated person vote for someone like her, seriously can't understand it. Doesn't she make you feel all warm and fuzzy when she talks like this.

    April 28, 2014 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  18. pkMyt1

    I think she needs a good baptism.

    April 28, 2014 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  19. Walter Adams

    The nation was so fortunate not to have this simpleton just a heart beat away from the presidency. To make a mockery of a sacred Christian rite by using it to justify torture automatically disqualifies Palin from holding any elected public office. If she truly believes the venom she spews, she is frighteningly dangerous. It's understandable that she's intellectually lazy; it's downright terrifying that she wields so much influence with the politically extreme right wing of a national party that has traded its glorious past for a hate-filled, "know-nothing" present.

    April 28, 2014 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    “Not all intolerant anti-freedom leftist liberals are hypocrites.”
    Every anti-government conservative who wraps himself in an American flag and calls himself a patriot is definitely a hypocrite.

    Every anti-government conservative who thinks the government had no right to take Bundy's cattle away after years of litigation, but supports the government's "right" to take away people's lands and give it to a foreign corporation so that they can build a pipeline across America is most definitely a hypocrite.

    April 28, 2014 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  21. Warren

    Good Lord, she is a very sick person. Would she feel the same if heaven forbid her son was a POW and baptized?

    April 28, 2014 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  22. Dallas

    I think she needs an exorcism!

    April 28, 2014 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

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

    Ah yes. Sarah Palin walking hand in hand with her god.

    April 28, 2014 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  24. Greg In Arkansas

    What's next....Christian Crusades against "non-believers"..??
    Salem Witch trials with "dunking" to find the "truth"..??
    Why not just burn "suspected" terrorists at the stake to get them to "confess"...??
    This nut needs to have her microphone turned OFF....!!

    April 28, 2014 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  25. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    I volunteer Sarah to be the first to receive "baptism".

    April 28, 2014 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
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