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. s.trumble

    she is so uncouth, and undignified. anyone who would vote for her is just plain wrong. her speaking is horrible, and she is very flip. does she even know what waterboarding is? or does she consider it foreplay. she just disgusts me.

    April 28, 2014 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  2. just thinking

    If the Republican party wants to be taken seriously they would stop asking her to speak in public. Oh and they would actually come up with some ideas that helped all US citizens. That won't happen though. Curse you John McCain.

    April 28, 2014 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  3. Donnie the Lion

    "your money and your job and your truck..."

    Truck? Is this what it has come to?

    Keep Bieber, deport Sarah Palin.

    April 28, 2014 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  4. Bhawk1

    And slicing your throat is a blood donation to Red Cross

    April 28, 2014 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  5. jim

    Palin – Coulter, 2016

    April 28, 2014 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  6. Me

    Really want to root for what Republicans believe they stand for but crazies like Palin make that nearly impossible. Biggest mistake ever made was having her run on the party ticket and still she continues to polarize Republicans, ensuring that Democrats will win again. Leaving me with no good voting options whatsoever.

    Ridiculous and disappointing all at the same time.

    April 28, 2014 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  7. Pat

    Why do these groups keep giving the floor to someone who is a cube short of a cold drink?
    Her comments were appalling and racist.

    April 28, 2014 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  8. Loathstheright

    Maybe she should give it try and see how it works for her....after all, Republicans are terrorists that hate America.

    April 28, 2014 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  9. Peter

    Somebody should waterboard her until she promises to never speak in public again.
    I'm willing to bet she doesn't even know how many rights are granted by the Bill of Rights, even with that bracelet on.
    People like her make me reconsider the whole Freedom of Speech thing.
    @T. Coleman – McCain would have been president if it weren't for her.
    After all that intolerance, she calls the other side intolerant?

    April 28, 2014 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  10. Michael

    What a disgrace to women!

    April 28, 2014 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  11. toadster1

    oh dear Palin.. just drop a little more of your laundry and you can babble anything you want to 😉 America loves you when you do so and yap!

    April 28, 2014 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    @ Fair, what level of hate speech do you actually condone? Do you condone perverting a sacrament to give the whackob chorus a few giggles? Please clarify for us, Fair.

    April 28, 2014 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  13. lechuguita

    Only Palin dares to use Baptism and Waterboarding in the same sentence...just tell you what kind of Christians these people really are.

    April 28, 2014 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  14. TheSadTruth

    GOP bobbleheads are so deluded they think this woman is leadership material and Clint Eastwood is funny.

    April 28, 2014 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  15. MilitaryAF

    Why does anyone even bother listening to, much less invite her to speak?

    April 28, 2014 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  16. Askelon

    Ironically. Newt himself mentioned Cons who suck a living out of the Conservative movement and have NO chance of being elected , if they even try. ^^Exhibit A above^^

    April 28, 2014 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  17. DEK

    Funny how the media and others follow her around with their noses up her butt just to see what she says...hilarious...and, by the way, I don't support her or the Repubs..but, you know...some just can't let go (OH MY GOD I JUST HAAAAAATTTTTE THAT WOMAN I'M GONNA FOLLOW EVERYTHING SHE SAYS FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE AND COMMENT ON IT BECAUSE I JUST HATE HER SOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!" AND I WANT TO BURN THE REPUBLICANS AND SHE IS A REPUBLICAN!!!! SO THAT MEANS I BURN THE WHOLE PARTY!!!! HA HA HA! I WIN!!!!!. Move on–she shouldn't be your focus anymore. She is what is called "yesterday's news".....sheesh.....

    April 28, 2014 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  18. mike_nnh

    As a republican I would like 1 decent candidate. At least 1 who cares about making things work for the majority of us.

    April 28, 2014 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  19. john

    sounds like she's the Only one with the balls to say what we(minus the liberal cowards) really believe. too bad our society is so quickly going down the toilet.she's got the right idea !!!!

    April 28, 2014 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  20. samonda

    when this low class american with white trash written all over her face makes comments like this, america's enemies listen and have more reason to hate and plot attacks. please tell this loser to stop this nonsense and work towards peaceful coexistence with everyone. its like saying would you care for some Boston leg soup with crispy ball bearings?

    April 28, 2014 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  21. Dennis F

    She makes me ashamed of the fact that I was born in Alaska. Not that she was...I understand that a bird squatted on a rock and the sun hatched her.

    April 28, 2014 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  22. larry the conquerer

    whomever decided she would make a good VP should be jailed for treason. she is about as anti american as they come, but shes too stupid to realize it.

    April 28, 2014 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  23. bmh@happyme.com

    The media should boycott this woman and stop giving her something she does not deserve...more publicity.

    April 28, 2014 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  24. TommyBlackflag

    This woman is one of the most disgusting, hideous, idiotic xenophobes ever to walk the earth. Anyone who cast a vote for the McCain/Palin ticket in 2008 is a completely ignorant rube with no control over their lowest and most primitive human instincts.

    April 28, 2014 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  25. Robert in Kennesaw

    If you watch the videos of terrorists decapitating our fellow Americans, "waterboarding" sounds like a pretty wonderful way of getting information out of people who clearly don't value human life. I guess the people that disagree with those tactics won't think otherwise until they see a family member or someone they know in those videos. Matter of perspective I guess.

    April 28, 2014 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
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