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. Dead Bear

    Maybe one day gun violence will touch the life of someone she cares about. Seems to be the only way a hypocritical conservative can learn any compassion.

    April 28, 2014 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  2. TONE

    This is how religious persecutions come about, there are gullibles with guns that buy into this, it will first be terrorist then it will be anyone who do not share their ignorance will be watreboarded or killed.

    April 28, 2014 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  3. vikingwoman

    It's truly scary to think people Really think this way, but even scarier to imagine the Base she stirs up! Has this woman not already incited some1 to go on a rampage!? (Directly or Indirectly)! Sarah is a loose cannon & her retoric sounds 'jihadist'! But in our society even 'lizard brains' are alowed their freedom of speech & it's to our advantage to hear even their most vile, base, disgusting musings, so civilized people can think, be & do the opposite!!

    April 28, 2014 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  4. S. B. Stein

    This talk is bringing in a religious tone that doesn't help things. These two large religions are not helping by "forceably converting people." We can't have those that would impose religious rules on others be running a government. This isn't what the founding fathers would have wanted.

    April 28, 2014 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  5. TONE

    Dead Bear

    Maybe one day gun violence will touch the life of someone she cares about. Seems to be the only way a hypocritical conservative can learn any compassion.

    I agree with you 100%

    April 28, 2014 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  6. devil's advocate

    If I were in charge... really, I'm pretty sure that's why your not in charge.We should try putting the fear of our Christian God into Muslims, priceless.

    April 28, 2014 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  7. devil's advocate

    Still amazed at her venomous speeches, and she will be portrayed as the victim if anyone calls her on her statements, that's the one thing she is good at....sigh.. and some think she shows leadership skills, lord help us.

    April 28, 2014 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. Bill

    Do not worry, Sarah baby, you will never be in charge of anything in the US government.

    April 28, 2014 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  9. devil's advocate

    Whata waste of a beautiful woman, so nice to look at, and painful to listen to.

    April 28, 2014 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  10. Randy, San Francisco

    Republican continuing infatuation with Palin shows how difficult it is to change the culture within the party. The national Republican brand will diminish further if establishment moderates fail to take back the party.

    April 28, 2014 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  11. Lizzie

    Why is it that all those oh so liberal, tolerate, nice, considerate, compassionate, wish harm to someone they don't care about.

    April 28, 2014 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  12. Sean

    She is lovely! Reagan lives on patriots like her!

    That'd better be sarcasm because it's beyond pathetic and terrifying if you're actually being serious.

    April 28, 2014 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    If Sarah Palin had anything more than applause lines and one-liners to deliver, don't you think that she'd have her own radio show?

    April 28, 2014 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  14. Dennis Freeman

    Quite the Christian that Sarah

    April 28, 2014 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  15. Chris-E...al

    Maybe S. Palin should have said confession or exorcism and more People could relate ? But you suppose to repent and be baptized before you go to heaven? Prob poor choice of words . Bless her heart give her a break she just wants the best for ya : )

    April 28, 2014 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  16. Rudy NYC


    She is lovely! Reagan lives on patriots like her!

    That'd better be sarcasm because it's beyond pathetic and terrifying if you're actually being serious.
    It's delusional ignaorance. Palin's rhetoric is the polar opposite of Reagan's actions.

    Reagan evacuated our troops from Beirut after the barracks were bombed. Reagan raised taxes and increased spending faster than any POTUS in history. Heck, Reagan even called for fairness in taxes by saying that bus driver shouldn't have to pay a higher percentage of income than a millionaire.

    April 28, 2014 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  17. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Ok don't shoot me BUT.... I kind of like her line of Waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists...😨😨😨 I have no tolerance for terrorists either abroad or at home.

    April 28, 2014 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  18. Marcus (from...?)

    If you translate some of the 'speeches' made by Al Qaeda leaders to their followers, wouyld you find something as repugnant as that?

    'To kill a child (during an attack on government forces) is to create an angel' – GIA leader in the mid 90's...


    April 28, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  19. J Anthony

    @lizzie: no one wishes her harm, they just wish she'd go the hell away

    April 28, 2014 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  20. Anonymous

    Palin better watch out or some "religion of peace" Muslim cleric will put a death fatwa on her for being so islamophobic.

    April 28, 2014 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  21. rs

    Yup, there's a good radical-Right "Christian" for you- Palin- singlehandedly mocking Christianity- and so stupid, she's proud of it.

    Sarrah Palin- the single greatest reason a generation may never vote Republican ever again.

    April 28, 2014 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  22. smith

    The GOP really needs to cut ties with Palin. Liberals love Palin because she gives them the ammo to spew their fodder, just like Pelosi and Reid do for the righties.

    April 28, 2014 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. rs

    Matheus Kramer

    She is lovely! Reagan lives on patriots like her!
    Like the Reagan who sold missiles to our enemy, Iran so that he could fund the nun-killers in Central America? THAT "patriot"?

    April 28, 2014 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  24. huckknuckler

    Sarah will do anything and say anything to remain in the whinelight.

    April 28, 2014 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  25. az3

    Sarah Palin: "Waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists."

    I think she just managed to disgrace two religions with one quote.

    April 28, 2014 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36