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. olepi

    Just when you thought Palin couldn't show herself to be any denser .....

    April 28, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. David Hollenshead

    Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona discovered what kind of monster Sarah Palin is, and that it was in his best interests to loose the presidential election, because of her "if I was in charge attitude" and her record of going after her own friends and allies. Sarah Palin is an aggressive monster, that only those who accept her lies and vicious conduct support, because they conduct their personal and public lives in the same way.

    April 28, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. plukasiak

    I'm doubtless far to the left of the vast majority of commenters on this site, and I just gotta say to my fellow left wingers who are Palin's critics - GET A GRIP. This was a very funny line. Its a joke - the kind of tasteless, sacriligeous, inappropriate joke that we defend all the time when it comes from the likes of Bill Maher, etc. We should be praising Palin; god knows that what passes for comedy among rightwingers needs the kind of edgy sensibility found in this joke.

    April 28, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    @kenman, she and her followers are the ignorant ones but you brought up a member of her family we haven't seen since she stopped using him as a prop, trigg. As a matter of fact, where's that eunuch of a husband of hers too?
    I though I knew everything I ever want to know of this woman. Fortunately, or unfortunately , CNN keeps us up to date of the stupid in her. We already know CNN and we didn't care in 2008 and could care less today.

    April 28, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  5. ghostown

    “If I was in charge,” Palin said Saturday in Indianapolis, “they would know, waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.”
    Palin might want to read all of the BIll of Rights not just the 2nd amendment like the part about cruel and unusual punishment.

    April 28, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. Seriously?

    How very Christian of Palin and the far right. Use Christianity when they want and ignore it when they want. No surprise anymore.

    April 28, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. Ben Edwards

    Palin was too lazy and confused to finish her governorship here in Alaska. What makes anybody think that she would have something to contribute to politics?

    April 28, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  8. snowdogg

    Sarah Putin... you go gurl!

    April 28, 2014 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. Tammy

    She was recently in Oklahoma campaigning for a candidate for Senate who I will not name, but will most certainly not vote for. Conservatives are welcome in Oklahoma, but not the ignorant, hate-spewing Tea party lost their minds, ignorant of the Constitution's real meaning idiots. LEARN something before you speak up!!!

    April 28, 2014 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  10. jon wilson

    I think her and Ted Nugent should for office in 2016

    April 28, 2014 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. J

    Equivocating the beliefs of Sarah Palin to the ideals of the entire GOP is pretty stupid, for lack of a better term.

    That would be the same as believing that Al Sharpton represents the entire Democratic party.

    The media uses these stories for fodder against the Republican party.

    However, at least Sarah Palin denounces terrorism while Al Sharpton denounces innocent American citizens.

    April 28, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. chitownmatt

    Its pretty shocking that she is openly advocating torture.

    And it is even more shocking that people are applauding her for it.

    April 28, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  13. ted

    She was an elected official. Until she quit to spend more time on TV.

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

    A very strong component of this country is that many people did not enjoy having "faith" forced on them.

    We don't baptize anyone. That's what makes America America.

    If she wants a theocracy, there are many to choose from. America is not the place for it. Her attitude is of a traitor.

    The simple fact is she is a terrorist, fighting a religious war against all the non-belivers. It is not a war on terror, it is not about safety, it is about a minority of religious psychopaths lusting after power, creating enemies out of people who simply wish to hold different beliefs.

    She loves religious terrorists, she does not hate them. She has become one.

    That's not the fear of God, that's Ms. Palin being a psychotic animal with an undeveloped brain, trying to stir up hatred and convince the gullible that the military-industrial complex needs more funding. God does not condone killing. He does not care if you have a good excuse. He does not care if someone else did it first.
    She is a hypocrite of the highest degree.

    God is not going to give her a "get out of hell" card for killing in self-defense.

    If her definition of "freedom" is "believes in the same imaginary hogwash that I do" she can keep her freedom to yourself, thanks.

    We don't need a "mama bear" terrorizing the peaceful non-believers of the world. We don't need a grizzly bear bullying the world because it doesn't believe in her invisible friend. We don't need a theocracy here in America, let alone expanding across the globe.

    She doesn't need to apologize for having religious views, but she needs to not wage war on the world to fit her fairy tales. You are entitled to your fantasies Ms. Palin. Because the world does not believe your delusions, the solution is to not ignore reality and double down on them. You are entitled to your idiocy and make believe.

    So much for turning the other cheek. So much for loving your enemies.

    Real Muslims, real Christians, real atheists, real agnostics, and anyone not blind with hatred and lusting after power are ashamed of her and saddened.

    She is an embarrassment to all Americans, she is an embarrassment to the founding fathers, and she is an embarrassment to people of all faiths and non-faiths.

    April 28, 2014 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  15. Incredulous45

    Back to the Spanish inquisition.

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

    Sly, learn your history. No, Sarah Palin is not the reason the rest of the world hates us, but her type of rhetoric is!

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

    She is so offensive in her ignorance.

    April 28, 2014 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. J


    Maybe we should give terrorists cupcakes for their actions instead.

    April 28, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  19. rabbitcommarogerindyreader

    The better part of any wisdom in the context of global peacekeeping is to make sure that not only do we not take part in holy wars, but that we don't even do anything that could give the appearance of taking part in holy wars. We're not a nation founded on religion (despite what the Dominionists would want us to believe, or would want us to become), and our conflicts with other countries or entities are not based on our religion(s) being unhappy with them and demanding change – our conflicts are ones of universal human rights, some legitimate property/resource concerns, political differences, a million other things,... but we do not go shoving a religion into discussions of international politics, be it with legitimate governments nor terrorist organizations. We have trouble with terrorists not because of anything they believe, but because of how they choose to act. Buncha religious extremists who keep to themselves and don't bomb anyone? Who cares – have at it. Buncha religious extremists who bomb stuff? Now we have a problem, but it's the violence and destruction that's the problem. Invoking religious imagery only inflames the terrorists more. Fighting their gods with our gods never results in defusing a situation, it only ever escalates. If you don't understand that, I don't have the time or the crayons to explain it to you.
    And so here comes loud-mouth half-term quitter Sarah Palin, yawping fecklessly about her desire to waterboard terrorists to baptize them in what she believes is the appropriate come-to-Jeebus fashion. Gawd, you moron, would you just shut up?!?!

    April 28, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. Roland

    Palin and Putin would make a cute couple

    April 28, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  21. Rosslaw

    Fortunately, the part about "if I were an elected official..." is less likely to happen than a Romney or a Koch volunteering for military service.

    April 28, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  22. WKNDTHG3

    They said the same thing about the web site...

    April 28, 2014 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  23. TomVIO

    Wow... I can't even imagine how she got into the world of Politics. She would be so much better at hosting some comedy show. Anything she says cannot be taken seriously.

    April 28, 2014 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  24. Greg

    Aren't we all glad that this woman is not in a position of power? Irresponsible!

    April 28, 2014 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  25. greenaxe

    Chitownmatt: Consider her audience.....there are a lot of knuckle draggers who can identify with her rhetoric. Who else can mention religion and torture in the same breath?

    April 28, 2014 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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