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. Witness

    Republicans must just cringe every time Sarah gets the mic. Her waterboarding comments remind voters of GWB's miserable tenure. it conflicts with the GOP's "George Who?" campaign.

    April 28, 2014 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. kgraffiti

    This women is dangerous. Some see her as a dumb bimbo and wish she would go away, but the things she says do damage. Damage to her party, and to society. Some people are too simple to understand that she should not be taken seriously. If the Republican Party wants to reach out to the "average Joe", they don't need people like her to do it. People need to realize that just because someone is allowed to speak publicly and at national events does not mean that they are an authority. And Radio & TV talk show hosts are entertainers. Stop letting morons on the national stage. There must be more informed, intelligent people that are cute and spunky, and have a talent for speaking to the masses.

    April 28, 2014 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. rjsenterp

    I love this woman.

    April 28, 2014 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. Galileo Galileo

    She needs to be in one of those commercials where they brag about a woman that does everything. like "Meet Gwen Beasly, Rocket Scientist, full time Mom, Veternarian, First Baseman for the Dodgers and that's not all.'" Except it would be "Grizzly bear hunter, Fox news consultant, Part time mom, Fullt time Troll and Advocate for Salmon fishing with dynamite"
    Oops, left out professional quitter and Proactive human torture diva.

    April 28, 2014 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. Eugenia Kinney

    In Baptism in the Christian faith we reject Satan and evil. I thought this woman was a member of some faith tradition. She is beyond belief and should not be followed by reporters. She is so irresponsible and I fear in need of therapy. John McCain did her no favors by naming her his running mate. It has ruined her life and ours as well. ===except she is now rich-that seems to be the American way now-

    April 28, 2014 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. qqqqqjim

    Just when you think she can't act or say something more stupid than in the past, she tops herself. Unbelievable!

    April 28, 2014 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. Miranda in the South

    She is an idiot. But, I hope the Tea Party extremists continue to let her voice her ignorance. I'm hoping to stay a Democratic country for as long as possible.

    April 28, 2014 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. bill

    I wish this idiot would just crawl under a rock in Alaska already

    April 28, 2014 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. Phillip

    Let's go even further. If we stab someone in the gut, we're just applying stigmata, and making them holey.

    (I'll apologize for the pun when Palin baptizes me.)

    April 28, 2014 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. Demigod Vadik, CA

    Is it a contests about who can say the dumbest thing with Conservatives???!!!

    April 28, 2014 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  11. JAFO

    Palin is the James Carville of the Republican party. However, she's not as bright and she's slightly retarded. Sooner or later, Palin and the rest of the Republicans will drink the Coolaid. Because Americans are sick of the Republcians. Since the end of the cold war, we've spent trillions on military defense that has failed us in Iraq and Afganastan. Those wars are considered failures, even the Brits will admit to that. America should've been at home rebuilding its domestic foundation, instead of rebuilding countries that still hate us and want to destroy us. China has played it smart and they're going to surpass us soon.

    April 28, 2014 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. virocat

    The Republican Party has truly gone nuts. Our US House Representative when I was growing up was John B. Anderson, a moderate Republican who later left the party and ran against Reagan. Fast forward to today where people like Palin and other whack-jobs are driving the clown car. What ever happened to that party? Totally gone off the rails.

    April 28, 2014 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. Carol Harris

    We should really all ignore her. The wingnuts can listen to her drivel, but the rest of us should just laugh her off. They deserve each other.

    April 28, 2014 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. Nomoreplease

    John McCain, what on earth have you done to us all! When is this loud-mouthed, money-hungry idiot going to go away!!

    April 28, 2014 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. virocat

    The Republican Party used to have people in it called Moderates. Fast forward to today. Clowns in the clown car.

    April 28, 2014 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  16. planet earth

    what about baptizing pseudo-politicians? "dear sarah"

    April 28, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  17. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Waterboarding is the way Jesus would baptize.

    April 28, 2014 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. gs

    Well then she would have no problem with a bunch of liberals baptizing her so she can join in the experience.

    April 28, 2014 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  19. Wh-a-a-a-t is she?

    This fool is dangerous. She needs to be kept under lock and key. What an embarrassment to her family, herself, and her country.

    April 28, 2014 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  20. Republicans Anonymous

    Is Sarah Palin Stephen Colbert in drag?

    April 28, 2014 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  21. Mike,Albany

    The fact that she delivered this comment to a capacity crowd at an NRA rally speaks volume about the NRA. They are just as fringe, stupid, crazy, and dangerous as she is.

    April 28, 2014 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  22. likedrypavement

    She profits from rousing the rabble, like Limbaugh, Colter, Hannity, Beck, etc.

    April 28, 2014 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  23. tor5

    How can you not love this woman? Plucked from oblivion, utterly clueless, worshiped as a heroine. Only in America.

    April 28, 2014 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  24. Lolo

    Will someone please baptize this crazy woman so that she can shut her trap. All that comes out of it is BS period!!!!!!!!!! Woman go home and take care of your family. Teach your girls how to fend for themselves and not rely on you to protect them all the time, and please teach Bristol how to be a better parent to her son and not let him run her life.

    April 28, 2014 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  25. RT

    NUTJOB with a capital N!

    April 28, 2014 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
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