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. Yes It's Not

    And the GOP wonders why they can't win national elections...

    April 28, 2014 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. Frank Messner

    I am convinced that Sarah Palin was dropped here by space aliens, that didn't want her.

    April 28, 2014 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  3. nan

    Why doesn't this woman go away? Nothing intelligent ever comes out of her mouth, why do people listen when she speaks and why does the media give her any coverage at all?

    April 28, 2014 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. Meglet44

    Let her undergo waterboarding and see if she changes her mind. Challenge her to do it. See how much of a hate-spewing coward she is.

    April 28, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. Jim

    Just think: This idiot could have been VP!

    April 28, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  6. MIBigAl

    I wish someone would "baptize" her. Another perfect example.

    April 28, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. chesedlove

    I am a born-again Christian and I think that Abdicated-Gov. Palin represents Christianity using crude speech to express medieval concepts. I can't believe anyone listens to her at all.

    April 28, 2014 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. JenniferC

    She is an embarrassment, like that embarrassing blowhard relative you have to brace yourself to run into every so often at funerals and weddings. The one who takes to the mic for a speech or eulugy and then rants her stupid half-baked thoughts out to a captive audience cringing at the indignity and shame of being related to her.

    April 28, 2014 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. LouAZ

    She plagiarized this speech from one that the short guy gave at Nuremberg in 1938 !

    April 28, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. TF

    This comedienne does a terrible Tina Fey

    April 28, 2014 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  11. Pam in Oregon

    You often wonder how some people could become more of an idiot than you originally thought...and then there is Sarah Palin. What a putz!

    Pam in Oregon

    April 28, 2014 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  12. tallulah131

    She is forced to be come more and more irrational to keep her name in the paper. If she didn't stir controversy, no one would even remember her name.

    April 28, 2014 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  13. yeha398

    I keep on wondering when the worlds most famous “Village Idiot” is going to return to her village?

    April 28, 2014 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  14. Brian from NY

    Bill from GA wrote "Would someone please inform Ms Palin that one reason the USA does not (supposedly) do torture is that we don't want our enemies to do it to our troops."
    Terrorists HAVE tortured our troops and then paraded them on Al Jazeera TV. What makes you think treating them with respect will change their attitudes? It's about time we went after them any way we can.

    April 28, 2014 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. Marc

    I would like to know how much of the money she raises through her PACs(Political Action Committees) actually goes to candidates and how much goes into her own bank account?

    April 28, 2014 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  16. avlisk

    Never cared much for her, but I love her for this quote and then standing by it in the face of the Lib/Dem/Progressive/Obama-loving Socialistic Mainstream Media types.

    April 28, 2014 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. Nodack

    Keep talking Sarah. Every time you do Democrats pick up a few more votes.

    April 28, 2014 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  18. herchato

    Sarah Palin is an excellent example of the modern day conservative.

    April 28, 2014 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  19. anAmerican1954

    Wow. By the way, the Bill of Rights was allowed/ratified as a confederate document to appease early confederates and get them to work with the rest of the country to create a federal structure of governance that would treat all citizens the same way. Palin is neither Christian or a federalist.

    April 28, 2014 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  20. rlj

    Is there any way we can stop publicizing these rants and avoid being the laughing stock of the world? We Americans, and our country, should not have to suffer any association with this irrational vitriol, whatever the reason they may have for uttering them. Around the world, sadly, not everybody knows that this is not to be taken as serious opinions held by rational poeple here.

    April 28, 2014 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  21. MSW

    This woman really doesn't have a clue what a complete moron she is........it's stunning.

    April 28, 2014 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  22. Beasterdamus

    She's gotta go away...There is no way she will be president...she's a quitter...she couldn't finish the job as Governor of Alaska...

    April 28, 2014 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  23. Bob Johnson

    Then she can start with Bundy and his "militia" crew. They're domestic terrorists of the worst kind. They think the U.S. government is illegitimate. They have no problem killing to protect property. Send in Seal Team Six!

    April 28, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  24. G H

    This was comedic talent right? They keep bringing her in for a laugh and to remind themselves why we don't have a Republican in the white house?

    April 28, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  25. GlenR

    Sarah herself enjoys being waterboarded...

    along with being tied up and paddled

    April 28, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
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