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. David G

    The Left loveeeeee to Bash Sarah Palin
    shes spot on!

    April 28, 2014 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  2. sly

    "Unopposed, terrorism is winning. If We don't start to FIGHT, really soon, our children will pay the ultimate price. Responsibility in Government has been replaced by fraud and treason. F I G H T for AMERICA"
    And I respect al-queda and others for retaliating againest our terrorism. I don't like that they kill American civilians, but I understand that they are freedom fighters with a very under-funded military in comparison with us, so they must alter their military strategy to include foreign civilians.

    It's world war, started of course by us, and our enemies will fight back hard for their freedom. Best thing is to treat each other with respect, not torture, and the terrorism will abate.

    April 28, 2014 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  3. Smeagel4T

    So much for ethics. "Family values"... let's gather up the kiddies and let's spend some quality family time watching people being tortured. Don't even bother with that nasty court stuff, or that concept of "innocent until proven guilty". It just gets in the way of having a bit o' Saturday night family fun!

    April 28, 2014 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. mr. rascal

    Karma will take her for a swim some day

    April 28, 2014 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  5. CanadianDave

    Wow... the fact that the media is reporting this as news, and not reporting on her comments as being the most ignorant, hate-filled right-wing christian-fundamentalist hate speech is absurd. It is scary that a relatively free country like the USA is allowing such hate speech.... i guess the population has been filled with fear for so long, they are no longer able to understand what is happening.

    April 28, 2014 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  6. svscnn

    Good grief. White trash can really make a go of it these days, huh?

    Thanks Alaska.

    Thanks Fox.

    April 28, 2014 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  7. Daniel

    hahaha This woman just gets dumber and dumber every time she speaks!

    April 28, 2014 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  8. Edwin

    She is the new Rush Limbaugh, minus the physical unattractiveness. Just as intolerant, just as scary, just as willing to ignite hatred and anti-American values in order to make a buck.

    April 28, 2014 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  9. David

    Not to crazy about the water boarding comments, but you libs have got to agree with everything she is saying about Reid, Pelosi, Obama and crew. What an awful experience this has been...

    April 28, 2014 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  10. julie

    .....I like it....got to give to her that's a good one made me laugh....., now, lady take a hike

    April 28, 2014 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  11. Steven

    I wish Sarah would announce her candidacy for president. Her defeat would be by such a magnitude she would A) make history and B) never open her mouth in public again

    April 28, 2014 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  12. sainttammany

    Caribou Barbie, I can't stop laughing veep. Funny. I am hurting myself laughing.

    April 28, 2014 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  13. JB

    In all seriousness how can the Republicans let her keep getting the spotlight? She is a major loose cannon and an embarrassment. Obama has failed miserably but would you really want her in any position of power?

    April 28, 2014 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  14. Floyd from Illinois

    Plain is the gift that keeps on giving. She is the personification of why all sane people have no use for the lunatic right fringe. Hopefully she taints the whole Republican Party to the point where they either disavow or expel her sort, or to where the adults can take control and get some work done.

    April 28, 2014 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  15. rjsenterp

    God I love this woman.

    April 28, 2014 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  16. Mr. Special

    Who's nailin' Palin?

    April 28, 2014 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  17. DrBob66

    Why is she even getting any press let alone national press? We all know she is a right wing extremist and this article proves it even more. What real Christian associates baptism with torture? This woman is so outside of normal, and not in a good way.

    April 28, 2014 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  18. thenitenurse

    Tough talk from a person too chicken to run. I'll start listening to the Palin when the coward decides to run for office. Until then she's just a Barbie doll for the tea party.

    April 28, 2014 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  19. kelly

    wow she is really out of her head now and its an insult to all religions because terrorists come in all shapes, forms, colors, and religions

    April 28, 2014 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  20. denver

    Sarah Palin is basically a professional wrestler at this point:
    She takes the stage with her own theme music, runs through a cartoonish litany of imagined injustices, offers some outrageous remarks or empty threats, and then pretends to hit someone with a folding chair while the crowd rolls around on the floor shouting, "OH NO SHE DIDN'T!!!!"

    All she needs is an American flag cape and some fly girls to back her up.

    April 28, 2014 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  21. Truth Hurts

    The public needs to hold her responsible for inciting the shooting of Gabriel Giffords.

    April 28, 2014 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  22. Robert Gemerek

    oh, wow....i know i shouldn't be shocked by someone who's made a career of saying controversial and idiotic things but man this lady shouldn't be allowed to hold any position of authority. ever.

    April 28, 2014 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  23. Smeagel4T

    Well then... Sister Sarah certainly wouldn't mind a little "baptism", would she?

    April 28, 2014 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  24. Pete/Ark

    She's off and running again ...can't help but admire the drive of the mentally challenged ... c'mon humor her that she can compete in the real world ... let her down gently when halftime is over and the real game starts back ...

    April 28, 2014 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  25. Sandy

    Sarah Palin is like a cancer that has no cure!

    April 28, 2014 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
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