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. Peter Gerdeman

    Another example of a sick, loud-mouth, know-nothing, Republican! There are several like her (Rep Bachman, Gov. Perry, Sen. Cruz) that are more fun to watch that WWE wrestling!

    April 28, 2014 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. veep

    Plus, Caribou Barbie has been modified...
    that can't be real hair, right?

    April 28, 2014 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    “If I was in charge,” Palin said Saturday in Indianapolis, “they would know, waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.”

    This is a cartoon character talking, right? Not an actual politician?

    April 28, 2014 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. Oliver A. dyer

    I am making this my last comment on the "half term" former govenor of Alaska. She knows her audience well and she will keep playing the tune as long as the ding bats dance to it. I have seen some of the more intelligent conservative try to pass it off as her energizing the base. I submit if you need someone like her offering mindless/thoughtless comments to fire up the base, then your party is in trouble. On both side we should fire up the bases by giving them real facts by which to make election decisions.
    If all we get is political spin and empty noise then the politicians, Mrs. Palin included., are working us for a vote and book sales. They are by no means working to improve this country are protect its precious liberties..

    April 28, 2014 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. Russell

    More idiotic comments by an idiot.

    April 28, 2014 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. blf83

    "Crazier than a loon" is the first thought that comes to mind re: Ms. Palin, but that is such a disservice and insult to loons.

    April 28, 2014 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. sonny chapman

    Why don't Conservatives let the Father do the judging. Jesus said we will be judged by what we did or did not do for those in need, Matthew 25,35. Good Luck!!

    April 28, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  8. Hex

    Just more nonsense that makes the rest of the world hate us. This isn't a Christian country....please stop.

    April 28, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. Kevin

    What an odd woman...

    April 28, 2014 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. Pat

    I love Sarah Palin. Not as a politician, but because people of the left flip out when she says stuff.

    April 28, 2014 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. vicnormal

    Palin just went all anti-American and them gun creeps. And, guess is they love cause they too be unpatriotic!

    April 28, 2014 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  12. PtBarnumBoy

    Who is the woman??

    April 28, 2014 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. Alan Peterson

    This woman is an idiot.

    April 28, 2014 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  14. sammy z

    OMG I absolutely LOVE Sarah Palin! With her in this world, I'm never at a loss of laughter.

    April 28, 2014 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  15. joe dokes

    Ha, ha, ha... yes, torture is so funny. I'm laughing so hard that I'm having trouble catching my breath... kind of like the people who are tortured by waterboarding. This half-term quitter is a national embarrassment.

    April 28, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  16. Dan

    Truly sad that Sarah Palin and her followers do not understand the teachings of Jesus Christ.

    God, Allah, etc have nothing to do with violence and hatred. Instead we need to accept our differences and improve humanity by helping each other. That is what Jesus, Allah, etc all teach us.

    April 28, 2014 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  17. Robert

    God help us if Palin gets elected to any office.

    April 28, 2014 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. Barry Tesh

    I thought Palin is a christian? Oh, that's right, she's a right wing christian, you know, the type that blasphemes sacraments of the church by intermingling it with terrorists. Baptist ism is the public confession of ones belief in Christ. How dare she downgrade the example set by Christ, himself, by disgracing it with associating the ritual with terrorists!

    April 28, 2014 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  19. sonny chapman

    Jesus was sent by the Father to Preach LOVE. Sarah claims to be Christian & Preaches HATE. Something ain't matching up here.

    April 28, 2014 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  20. anchorite

    OK, she didn't just jump the shark, she nuked the fridge.

    April 28, 2014 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. John Ackerman

    Wow. I generally see CNN as a moderate force in news but this piece is loaded with the kind of snark I typically only see on MSNBC. Stick to journalism Gabe LaMonica, although this kind of stuff seems to be your m.o. according to a quick search.

    And to CNN, hiring hacks deminishes your credibility. This is a oorly written, rather annoying read.

    April 28, 2014 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  22. Robert Carlisle

    Sigh, I love Palin but as a christian it is offensive to use baptism in this reference.

    April 28, 2014 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. theotherside

    So all you beautiful do gooder, tree hugger, peta people, Oh! and climate warming believers would rather tickle the enemy with a feather until they give up information on who they know are killing Americans, and then have hookah and kabob with them? Open your eyes and wake up now haters!

    April 28, 2014 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  24. Malory Archer


    I love Sarah Palin. Not as a politician, but because people of the left flip out when she says stuff.


    Well, if you're cool with it, howabout YOU AND dim bulb barbie move to the head of the waterboarding line?

    April 28, 2014 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  25. Dr. Strangelove

    Anybody that can get the "progressives" worked up like that – I like!

    April 28, 2014 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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