April 28th, 2014
03:16 AM ET
7 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. anymouse

    I don't get it

    April 28, 2014 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  2. Nancy

    Oh Srarh, since you think weatherboarding is just baptizing, then lets do it to you, because you could use a re-baptizing as unholy and Un-American as you are! Better yet, get the hell out of my country! You give America a bad name !!

    April 28, 2014 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  3. God Forbid

    please,please, please go away!!! No let me rephrase that...GO AWAY!!!

    April 28, 2014 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  4. BobFromPA

    I didn't read the article for all the obvious reasons but felt this post was appropriate to reveal what I think about anything this lady, and I use that very tongue in cheek, has to say.

    April 28, 2014 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  5. matt

    I think sarah needs a baptism.

    April 28, 2014 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  6. neocon13

    Let's baptize Palin, Bush, Chaney, Hannity, and Limbaugh

    April 28, 2014 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  7. TomGI

    Good to see she is as inappropriate and irrelevant as ever. Now go chain a bear to a tree, blow it's brains out and call it 'hunting'.

    April 28, 2014 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    I still don't understand how this woman is on camera. Probably only for her stupid remarks! She is a waste of time.

    April 28, 2014 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  9. Mark W

    So this unfortunately quite typical right wing pseudochristian has again appropriated her religion as a vessel of hate and violence. Just as they spit in the eye of Jesus' teachings in their Holy Crusade against the poor having healthcare, she's now perverting her religion into a weapon.

    Sounds a lot like that terrorist group who attacked us on 9/11. Of course, they also march in lock step with Al Qaida against the "infidel liberal West" on every social issue debate goin on in this country, so it's hardly surprising.

    April 28, 2014 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  10. Joe

    Time to baptize the free loading liberals.

    April 28, 2014 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  11. Domenic

    I hope the GOP chooses Sarah as their Presidential nominee for 2016. She is just amazing...NOT!

    April 28, 2014 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  12. john

    as a conservative I can say this is a prime example of why I am no longer a republican. for reasons why I am not a democrat see most of everything done by the democrats

    April 28, 2014 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  13. Jolat

    That's right libs. No water boarding. Well just shoot a hellfire missle at their minivan and kill their entire family, including their children. That's ok. But don't you dare water board them.

    April 28, 2014 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  14. dapper1

    Palin will say anything outrageous to keep her name in the news. She is a real narcissist.

    April 28, 2014 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  15. Jim

    “If I was in charge,” Palin said Saturday in Indianapolis, “they would know, waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.” It's "If I were in charge." But why would I expect a person who went to 4 (?) colleges and barely graduated to be well-spoken. Folksy = illiterate? Waterboarding is hardly a baptism even when used as a euphemism. She should have herself water-boarded just to see what drowning feels like.

    April 28, 2014 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  16. g

    what if its Americans get water boarded SARAH ,after all republicans think its OK

    April 28, 2014 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  17. Dinaanid

    "its better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt" -Mark Twain

    April 28, 2014 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  18. Dandy Ditzmore

    Yep.. I remember SARAH AILING PALIN... Sort of like a bad rash that doesn't want to go away..
    You keep putting medicine on it and it keeps pussing up... and finally you ask the doctor to just cut it out...

    April 28, 2014 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  19. Jim

    If she was a true Alaskan she would be up there not in Arizona living off of her book of lies. She broke a promise to the people of Alaska and then she moves out of state. That you call a traitor.

    April 28, 2014 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  20. jkjk

    You go girl.

    April 28, 2014 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  21. wa-bu yan

    Palin also opined that the crucifixion was Holy acupuncture.

    April 28, 2014 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  22. TNPatriot

    Listening to palin is about as exciting as standing in line at the post office.

    April 28, 2014 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  23. AH

    And to think still after all these years in passing, people actually voted for this skeptical. How anyone who did vote for her can explain their vote as a good idea. Sure go after President Obama as you have for the past 6 plus years. He was elected and re-elected. Speak from the highest podium you can find you will still find more people who voted for him than your darling who only was in it for the limelight, sucking the air out of the very life you breath. To think she was in consideration of the highest office in the land, and only a heartbeat away. Have mercy.

    April 28, 2014 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  24. steve

    And blowing people up with car bombs is how the terrorist convert people to islam.

    April 28, 2014 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  25. Mrlgh

    Friends...this is why John McCain lost. Well that and his policies....

    April 28, 2014 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
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