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. Jim in PA`

    Palin neither believes nor understands the random words that tumble out of her own mouth. They are simply calculated to be inflammatory so she can keep on grifting from the gullible base.

    April 28, 2014 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. ug

    Amen sister.

    April 28, 2014 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  3. California Grandma

    so all of this is just to market her new thing, a bracelet. i wonder how many she sold that night.
    WHY is this woman still getting media attention? #wasteofskin

    April 28, 2014 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. AngieB

    OMG! Can this woman possibly get any dumber?! I guess she doesn't realize that the performance of "baptism" purges the sinner from all sin and renews them with God's grace. Seriously, that's what she proposes for terrorists?
    Fortunately, the Tundra Dunce only spouts her drivel in totally friendly venues, with like-minded fools; that way she doesn't have to be accountable for what she speaks.

    April 28, 2014 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. Bazinga

    Palin and Dick Cheney need to be baptized!

    April 28, 2014 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. Jim in PA`

    I see Alaska's answer to Honey Boo Boo is back in the "news."

    April 28, 2014 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. Jane

    Palin has no clue what freedom, governess, social order or anything means. I do thank God for one thing-she and John McCain never got close enough to the White House for the rest of us to find out the tornado they would have spawned.

    April 28, 2014 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Gotta love Sarah. She get you guys all fired up.

    April 28, 2014 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. Mark

    As an atheist, I find the comments of this so-called "Christian" troubling. I have some questions...

    – What will she say when she stands before the pearly gates and is asked "Did you love your fellow man?"

    – Do you think her lord and savior is going to praise her for trying to shrinking the size of government or condemn her for not helping poor people gain health insurance through the Affordable Care Act?

    – Does she really think Jesus would have carried a gun?

    Can any "Christian" right-winger answer these questions? Hypocrites.

    April 28, 2014 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  10. G. Wolf

    Why does the media keep talking to and about her? She is nothing but an embarrassment for the United States.

    April 28, 2014 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. Melba Isom

    She is still an idiot, always has been, probably always will be.

    April 28, 2014 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. Alan Fisher

    Water board Palin, Bet she knows information about Russia. Lets see how she enjoys it

    April 28, 2014 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. Bazinga

    I wonder if Hitlerwas the same in the 1930's? Despised by most due to his off the wall views, but loved by enough dangerous fools to gain power? She is scary stupid! Can you imagine if McCain had won????

    April 28, 2014 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. Observer

    I know people believe Palin is dumb but I believe otherwise. She knows how saying a few idiotic remarks like these allows her to continue getting paid by the moronic conservative masses.

    April 28, 2014 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  15. California Grandma

    someone ought to offer to waterboard Palin, baptising her in the name of #idon'treadnewspaperstostayuponcurrentevents

    April 28, 2014 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. Tom in Millstadt

    Does that mean Christ was baptized by John the Waterboarder

    April 28, 2014 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. sly

    "How would you treat a terrorist?"
    Well, let's see, we locked up Tim McVeigh, locked up the Atlanta Olympic bomber, thank god we killed the Wacko from Waco. Locked up UniBomber. And President Obama killed America's #1 enemy, Bin Laden.

    Aside from Cheney, we've dealt well with most domestic white terrorists, and did what was necessary with OBL.

    April 28, 2014 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. stewart

    that comment right disqualifies her from any public office, discourse, any public anything. it is TORTURE we put war criminals in jail for water boarding following wwII time to do the same with the folks that did it here.

    April 28, 2014 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  19. Dave

    This is why I have more respect for Christopher Hitchens than I do for Sarah Palin. Hitchens had the guts to experience the process for himself, in defense of the idea that waterboarding isn't torture. It took less than a minute for him to change his tune and realize that it is, indeed, torture. Palin would NEVER have that degree of integrity or honesty.

    April 28, 2014 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  20. devil's advocate

    A heartbeat away takes on new depth in her case, whew indeed!

    April 28, 2014 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  21. Jim in PA`

    Dear Half-Governor Palin; The movie "Idiocracy" was satire, not an instruction manual.

    April 28, 2014 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    I wonder where this monkey got her education... Was it the Fairbanks zoo?

    April 28, 2014 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  23. ART

    Sarah Palin has got to be one of ,if not the most ignorant American ever born. Is there actually a university out there that actually claims her as a former student, if they do boy they must be embarrassed. I have to again thank John Mccain for releasing this plague that is Palin upon us. What did we as a society ever do to deserves this. My turds are more intellectual than she could ever be

    April 28, 2014 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  24. gigi

    This woman has gone cucu big.

    April 28, 2014 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  25. Marnie's girl

    She just won't go away....why lord why?? I wish she would stop spouting such garbage and go back to Alaska and live off the money she has gouged from the poor misguided people she takes such advantage of. What a loser! Oh yeah, and a quitter!

    April 28, 2014 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
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