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. Mada

    Y'know she's easier to laugh at now that she's not running for office.

    Seriously, I don't think she can even put up a coherent argument anymore. I hear her speak and all that seems to come out are scrambled up regurgitated memo headlines.

    April 28, 2014 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. therm

    Baptize, what does that mean? Oh, it's a religious delusionist's term for some silly stuff that that they do to make themselves feel better. Well, I can tell you, it's probably just as bad as waterboarding, and neither of them have any place in the operation of the government, let alone as a representation of what the US "stands" for. We should all be standing up AGAINST these terrible things; Palin, baptizing and waterboarding.

    April 28, 2014 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. another1

    That is some screwed up thinking right there.

    April 28, 2014 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. Rob

    The more I hear her unbridled patriotism...the more Ilke her!

    April 28, 2014 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. davidloc

    A walking argument for birth control, lol. Just when you think she couldn't saying anything more stupid , she comes up with something new.

    April 28, 2014 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. HJA

    She is in it for the money. She is no patriot. $7 mil from Murdoch as an advance for her book....which she had someone else write. Not to mention the cash the Koch bros have paid her. Plus $50k for a speech. Oh yeah she' a real patriot. I can't see why people follow her.

    April 28, 2014 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. AzDem

    I see the "Thrilla" from "Wasilla" is back! Go Get'um! I can see Russia from my back yard from Arizona!

    April 28, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. james Pfeiffer

    Could be the single most stupid woman in the country! However...she is a voice for millions which says way more about who we are as a people than anything she might regurgitate our of her pie-hole.

    April 28, 2014 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. Sniffit

    Straight of her new book's chapter explaining "how to incite terrorist attacks."

    April 28, 2014 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. DickPerry

    Americans.. LMAO..
    And how about handing over your war criminals now? You do know that torture during war time is a war crime. So lets see if you do know what honesty and justice is.

    April 28, 2014 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. zandhcats

    She should not have elected to any office at any place in her life!

    April 28, 2014 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  12. chf

    Wow what a hatemonger Palin is. I'd almost feel sorry for her if the low-lifes she kowtows to didn't take her so seriously. It's like watching a mindless cult develop.

    April 28, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  13. loveshemp

    So will she want to baptize Cliven Bundy?

    April 28, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  14. emskadittle

    my favorite Sarah moment when she was caught with her talking points written on her arm

    April 28, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  15. The Rave

    A junk yard dog to say the least. But can't someone keep her on her leash? And the only reason this twit is still in the news is that the press keeps on publishing stories of her exploits. If that would stop she would quickly become what she really is – irrelevant.

    April 28, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. Persimmon

    Appalling excuse for a woman. What has she ever done of any value whatsoever. She has a bad case of verbal diahorrea to boot.

    April 28, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. Rudy NYC


    She's just throwing red meat to a friendly crowd. It's the equivalent of the president's "bitter clingers" speech.
    The 2012 Republican presidential primary debates demonstrated that Barack Obama was correct about people being bitter, and clinging to their guns and Bibles. In fact, Palin's heretical quote personifies it.

    April 28, 2014 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  18. Michael Schwers

    I am going to have to try the technique used by the reporter from the Washington Post. Go 30 days "Palin" Free and see what happens.

    April 28, 2014 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  19. joe damico

    Palin: ‘Waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists’

    Then lets start with Palin, she has done so much harm to the U.S.

    April 28, 2014 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. rush

    is this true that whiter boarding is an option to baptize anyone??? Who wants to become a christian???yeek...

    April 28, 2014 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  21. Sven

    The easiest way to destroy a Republican's credibility is to give them a microphone.

    April 28, 2014 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  22. jim

    she just keeps popping up like a bad penny

    April 28, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  23. Patrick Driscoll

    The very best course of action regarding Sarah Palin is to ignore her rhetoric.

    April 28, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. Hohumm

    I have to agree with HJA. Besides, she's a quitter. She couldn't even finish her term as governor. You'd back someone who when things get tough, they get going...out of town!

    April 28, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  25. Tony

    Aside from being a fringe extremist in a dying party, Palin proves again and again there's no substance there. She is good at red-meat statements which other fringe extremists get fired up by (any surprise?), but for the rest of us, it's just an unfortunate advertisement of her ignorance.

    April 28, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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