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. Qwerty

    What does waterboarding and torture have to do with the NRA or 2nd Amendment? This woman just begs for far right attention. Hunting, personal protection and gun ownership have nothing to do with the torture or treatment of terrorists or national policy abroad.

    April 28, 2014 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  2. LSDave

    The thing with Palin is her lips move when she thinks. And she's not terribly smart.

    April 28, 2014 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  3. bldrrepublican

    Why do ANY of you liberals really care WHAT the USA does to terrorists???? Sitting in your fully furnished home with more food than anyone from 3/4's of the world eats in a month in your kitchen, fighting terrorism is "so far away" from your life, isn't it?

    That's what 3000 people thought one Tuesday morning in New York City.

    April 28, 2014 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  4. The REAL Truth...

    If she weren't as cute as Tina... [shrug]

    April 28, 2014 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  5. krishna

    What is the difference between Wisdom and Ignorance?

    April 28, 2014 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  6. DanW

    Palin and Ted Nugent would make a great Republican ticket in 2016.

    April 28, 2014 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  7. Sonny

    I'm still trying to understand why the media is soo obsessed with Sarah Palin. I mean, if they hate her so much why do they keep talking about her. I dont get it.

    April 28, 2014 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  8. Jack

    If we're going to baptize them, we might as well crucify them while we're at it. 'Murrica.

    April 28, 2014 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  9. ariveria

    so if they are baptized does that mean they are christians and will go to heaven

    April 28, 2014 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  10. Homer10

    Oh please run for President Sarah. You can do it. Yeah right. It is always hilarious to watch Sarah go against anybody. It would hand the Presidency over to the Democrats, but it sure would be fun to watch. Sarah vs Hillary, eeh haw.

    April 28, 2014 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  11. ND4190

    This woman is beyond frightening! I am so happy that she is no longer in office of any kind and hopefully never will be ever again!

    April 28, 2014 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  12. Dywlf

    I love it, the flaming liberals are all over this post with their hopeless little screams, they are terrified of Miss Sarah(as they should be).

    April 28, 2014 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  13. Big_D

    Just when you think the GOP couldn't say anything more stupid or more racist they will prove you wrong. Waterboarding has been known as torture since the middle ages. The fact the GOP and Alberto Gonzales used it is criminal and they should all stand trial for breaking our treaties. It was their oath and they failed it horribly.

    April 28, 2014 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  14. Canukman

    Of course Palin addresses the NRA. Who else would?

    And then she would equate water boarding to a religious ritual. I believe she claims to be religious. How appropriate.

    April 28, 2014 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  15. TLORop

    This is the woman that republicans worshiped for more than two years.

    April 28, 2014 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  16. Ken

    Why does ANYONE publicize Palin's comments? She is a quitter as Governor and basically a dumb individual. If McCain had been elected and passed away while in office she would have been the laughing stock of the World! Could you see her meeting with a King of some Middle Eastern country? Sad she still garners coverage!

    April 28, 2014 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  17. Jill

    And what, dear Nay Sayers should we do with terrorists? People that would gladly cut your head off, or fly planes into buildings, or stone women to death. Should we sit down with them with a cup of tea and "discuss" the merits of freedom and capitalism? I'm curious how many people here actually believe that the only reason terrorists exist, is because of the "evil policies" of their own country the good 'ole United States. Whose the real lunatic here, Palin or those of you who hate your country every bit as much as the Islamic Fascists?

    April 28, 2014 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  18. akmac61

    As an Alaskan for 39 years, I'm more than happy to disavow this publicity hound. So, I suspect, are most Alaskans, although I can't speak for them.

    April 28, 2014 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  19. Can't Make This Stuff Up

    Well Sarah, we'll never have to worry about you being in charge..............at some point you'll realize that you shouldn't speak because you continue to prove how incompetent you are.

    April 28, 2014 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  20. markinfla

    This woman has spent the past 5 years reminding us how lucky we are that she never got into the White House. As if we really need any reminders.

    April 28, 2014 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  21. Boris Rysin

    Sara, I love your vision on this. God bless you and God bless America, Do not stop. This county needs you.

    April 28, 2014 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  22. CSD

    Ah yes – the best and the brightest the GOP has to offer. Want to terrorize her? Put her in a round room and tell her Russia is in the corner.

    April 28, 2014 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  23. Sadiq Jimoh

    Why is she still talking.

    April 28, 2014 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  24. Hadenuffyet

    Why give this hack any time , why?

    April 28, 2014 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  25. Bill

    She is the reason, Ivoted for Obama. Hope no one picks her as a VP or other key position. Maybe sh could get a job with the dance moms

    April 28, 2014 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
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