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. Mark of Tennessee

    Only a baptism.... Well let's baptize her husband and children while she goes first.. This woman is beyond stupid... way beyond

    April 28, 2014 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Iain T

    Why doesn't this woman just go back to Alaska and shut the hell up – and take anybody that agrees with her, with her. I actually feel like I'm wasting my time writing this. She is really beneath contempt and barely worth acknowledging. What a staggeringly stupid woman this is.

    April 28, 2014 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. JJ

    I guess the bimbo still hasn't figured out that the "if I was in charge" question was decided in 2008. LOL!

    April 28, 2014 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. Kathleen Farrell

    Christians everywhere should be insulted. Baptism is a sacrament, not a method of torture. Ever.

    April 28, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    This stupid hillbilly is SUCH an embarrassment.

    April 28, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. Teresa

    Why do they continue to let her talk???

    April 28, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. Andrew

    Palin is amorphous. I question whether or not she actually believes in anything she says. Her entire public persona seems to be crafted to provide exactly what a specific demographic of the population wants to see. Who is this Palin anyhow? I doubt she even knows.

    April 28, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. bmckay

    Palin fell out of the stupid tree as a child then climbed right back up and did it again.

    April 28, 2014 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. JCQueipo

    She should be exorcised !!!

    April 28, 2014 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. sly

    From what I've seen, being a Christian is pure torture in and of itself.

    No surprise that they torture you to indoctrinate you to their ways.

    April 28, 2014 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair


    I suppose you lefties here condone this, right?
    Speaking for the moderates around here, don't be a hypocrite.
    I've never heard you condemn even one hateful post about "Obozo", "Obummer", etc,

    Take your licks and righteous indignation elsewhere. Quit while you're ahead.
    You don't want to go there. You don't have leg the first to stand on.

    April 28, 2014 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. genes

    I'd like to see Sarah Palin and Ted Nugent on the same ticket. Non-stop comedy. While I'm at it.. the Fed gov't should incorporate a minimum IQ requirement before issuing gun licenses. Ted and Sarah would have to get their kill thrills some other way.

    April 28, 2014 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  13. underwaterops

    Well, if you have any doubts as to whether Palin and the right are actually waging a war of Christians vs the Muslims, here is the proof.
    Why the far right doesn't simply own up to the fact that the last two wars were really crusades is puzzling.

    April 28, 2014 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  14. ncnarrator

    “If I was in charge,” Palin said" – – OK, I'm just gonna say a quick prayer to my dear and fluffy Lord that she is not in charge, and toss in a quick request that sanity prevails and ensures that she is NEVER in charge. Every time Sarah Palin opens her mouth I get a rash. #AllergicToIntentionallyStupid

    April 28, 2014 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. Walt

    I am sure that Palin would be the first to cry out that Crist himself should have been waterboarded by John. That's the mind set of Conservatives like Palin.

    April 28, 2014 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  16. Conservative

    She went off the deep end....

    April 28, 2014 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. Dennis

    Her baptism should come in a septic tank.

    April 28, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    If you libs had a backbone and a brain, you'd still be useless.

    April 28, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Palin also said the Washington insiders who called the 2009 mass shooting at Fort Hood a case of workplace violence “

    Please provide a source for anyone ever having said that.

    April 28, 2014 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  20. Kenneth Newman

    Stupid is as stupid does. Can't this Alaskan crab crawl back into her hole???

    April 28, 2014 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  21. Sam

    I think she's actually just the most famous troll.

    April 28, 2014 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. vingtsunguy

    I have my doubts that this woman is as unintelligent as we often believe. Granted, I'd like to believe she'll never be elected for office outside of Alaska (if ever again). However, using inflammatory language on a hot topic issue towards the lowest denominator... it just doesn't seem all that dumb.

    April 28, 2014 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. Larry

    Thoroughly loving how the liberals are showing their true colors today. "We believe in the freedom to express yourself however you want...as long as we approve."

    The sad part is that she's right about Reid, et. al., not being satisfied with taking your paycheck and giving it to those unwilling to work and about liberals being hypocrites. You don't want to blame the entire Muslim religion for terrorists, but ANYONE who owns a gun is a potential psychopathic killer. You want to give preferential treatment to some, but not others – it's called "Affirmative Action" – taking away opportunity from one group to give it to another is discriminatory no matter what you call it, but since you're trying to "be nice to blacks," it's just fine.

    You'll lambast a white woman who grew up in the segregated south for admitting to having used the "n-word," but it's just fine for rappers to use it.

    It's all about the hypocrisy.

    April 28, 2014 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |

    How woul dyou treat terrorists?

    April 28, 2014 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |

    How would you treat a terrorist?

    April 28, 2014 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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