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. Gary

    The thing with Palin: I was happy to see McCain pick her as a running mate...all well and fine. But the election was over, McCain sucked it up and went back to work. Palin on the other hand just wouldn't go away. It's almost as if she knows football as well as any man...the Super Bowl comes and goes...the team that wins is remembered. Palin didn't win and still wants to be remembered. Stand up, say your piece, then sit back down and stay quiet. I wish more politicians would use that approach.

    April 28, 2014 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  2. joerockbottom

    People actually pay to listen to palin? She has the best scam going! Gets paid to do absolutely nothing but spout nonsense. Parents could rent out their 6 month old babies to do the same thing. And the babies would make more sense! At least to the people who actually pay to listen to a person with no functioning brain cells.

    April 28, 2014 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. RonTx

    Almost the worst thing that could happen would be for her to get the nomination. Would she energize the base, yes, but would lose almost all of the moderates and independents in the process. The base is about 10% just like the base of the democrats. Most voters are not far right or far left. That would be like the democrats nominating Al Sharpton which would cost them the election. About the only thing worse would be Ted Cruz.

    April 28, 2014 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. Salero21

    Pro 14:1 The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish tears it down with her own hands.

    This a very foolish woman who is parading her foolishness for the WWW to see.

    April 28, 2014 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. Ray

    Isn't this the same person who quit and couldn't even handle a first term?! Palin= Useless

    April 28, 2014 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    The scary the people who were listening to carry guns. They are too stupid to realize she is playing them for the fools they are

    April 28, 2014 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. realoldguy

    What a moving demonstration of those traditiional "Christian values"! Now that I've been inspired I think I'll go out and shoot some birds.

    April 28, 2014 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. revbro

    Palin remembers the Fort Hood shooting.. because it was done by a "terrorist Muslim" but somehow she forgets to call the NRA supporter who shot up the kids and Sandy Hook???? Interesting.

    April 28, 2014 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. sfarris

    Ms. Palin says that watreboarding is how we "baptize" terrorists. Does that mean that terrorists beheading people is just how they sermonize combatants in their minds?

    April 28, 2014 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. TrumanToiwn

    This is just another example of how Sarah Palin is not ready for prime time. Her remark is off-base on so many levels. 1. Churches do not baptize people to get information out of them; they baptize people who want to become Christians. 2. By definition, Musilim terrorists don't want to become Christians. 3. The remark insults non-Christians (and Christians, actually) without the possibility of getting anything in return. 4. Water boarding doesn't work as a way of getting (true) information anyway. So what is her actual point?

    April 28, 2014 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. Divdar

    Not sure who is more gullible and stupid, the author or some of those commenting. As someone else commented, people need to learn to take jokes.

    April 28, 2014 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. Grampa

    Once again, Palin demonstrates that there is no permanent final low for her. She can always get lower. She does serve a useful purpose, though. She and revolting racists like Bundy remind us of who and what we're voting for if we vote for Tea Party conservatives.

    April 28, 2014 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. nouk

    Palin's the Honey Boo Boo of politics. At least she's good for a laugh. Nobody could possibly take her seriously. I lost all esteem I had for John McCain when he attempted to foist her on the country.

    April 28, 2014 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  14. A J

    How about we waterboard Palin? Oh, that's right. Based on her claim about using waterboarding you have to have some intelligence that would be worthwhile.
    Would there be any need to know anything that resides in her head? It would be just a waste of water.

    April 28, 2014 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. dwicjan

    Palin is a nasty ignorant person. Ship her back to Alaska and hope they keep her there. Can't believe she is still spilling out her hatred.

    April 28, 2014 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. scmtns

    Just when you thought she couldn't possibly say anything more ridiculous...

    April 28, 2014 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  17. William Downie

    you just cant fix stupid

    April 28, 2014 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  18. MIck

    Really wow Sarah, then I say you and your family need to be baptized 100 times daily just so you can get closer to your GOD! What an idiot of a woman. Duh!! Brought to you by someone who thought the Queen ran the government of England.

    April 28, 2014 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  19. Timothy Kelley

    Can we please, please, please just not give this woman the time of day! Can we treat her like the Kardashians of the political world...famous, but famous for nothing.

    April 28, 2014 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. mike johnson

    ... how can any true intellectual conservative support Sarah Palin ...?

    April 28, 2014 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. JD

    She is not only ignorant she's downright scary with those ignorant thoughts designed to get attention.

    April 28, 2014 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. du

    She reminds me of an empty rushed prune can

    April 28, 2014 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. Bill

    In the case of Major Hassan they called it workplace violence so they could try him under the UCMJ. It will be easier to get a death sentence. That's all.

    April 28, 2014 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. RascalMcDoogle

    don in Albuquerque
    Surely you jest, she is a comedian just like Colbert...

    April 28, 2014 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. BorgX

    WOW. I wonder if she was born with that level of retardation or if she had to go to a special school to become that dumb.

    April 28, 2014 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
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