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. budshot

    Just when you thought this horrible person couldn't get any uglier...

    April 28, 2014 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. Zoey0728

    "Palin is an American Patriotic Woman unlike Obamas." PeterD



    She's not an "American Patriotic Woman" - she's a grifter. She's been dragging out that "If I were in charge" for 6 years now. If you listened to her speech, she even paused for an extended time after she said "if I were in charge" because she wants people to think she will one day run for President, so they will continue to send her money.

    And your comment about the Obamas has no basis in truth.

    April 28, 2014 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. Leviathan61

    Oh my, isn't she clever? NOT!

    April 28, 2014 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. Will

    Someone needs to waterboard her

    April 28, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. rush

    I think she is angry christinan because PLEAAAASE read this on the bible:
    1- corinthians 11:3
    2- corinthians 14:34-36
    3-Ephesians: 5:22-24
    4- colossians 3:18

    April 28, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. Wayne Rizor

    Palin is a national treasure???????????? She ranks right up there with an sewage!

    April 28, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. Ken

    She lost me at "If I was in charge....". That's when I knew this was fiction.

    April 28, 2014 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. peterz

    Why church ignoring this kind of abuse?

    April 28, 2014 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. flyingsaucer

    Palin/Bundy '16!

    April 28, 2014 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. Olaf Big

    Baptizing Muslims? Baptizing by waterboarding? Now Sarah really went off the deep end. Not only did she give torture a Christian seal of approval, she also suggested that we forcibly convert Muslims to Christianity. Welcome Middle Ages.

    April 28, 2014 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    "I can't see why people follow her."

    Oh, that's not too hard to understand. Read comments from the right and then read her mantra. Birds of a feather flock together.

    Unfortunately for her followers, they've yet to accept she's scamming their ... um, intellect. She's got a dialing for dollars gig going and isn't about to let up, no matter how asinine she comes across begging attention.

    April 28, 2014 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. mark

    The REALLY sad thing about this woman and our country is that there are people who still thinks she's relevant and take her seriously.

    April 28, 2014 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. maggiwood

    Could she be a bigger twit? I do not think there has EVER been one person that has said so much stupid stuff as this woman says in ONE day!

    April 28, 2014 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. mresvit

    Yeah, CNN, we the know what you're about, what you're up to as we see everyday in the headlines/stories you choose to run versus the ones you choose to ignore. We see it in how you place those headlines and how you phrase'em. We're not stupid and this is why you're failing as a news source. You're not of us, you don't speak to us and our concerns. People think we're all friends of Fox and that Fox is our sole source of news and truth but the reality is, we hardly rely on Fox for anything as there are plenty of other sources, news sites, that give us the truth of what is happening out there. Doggedly stick to your liberal agenda wherein you attack the Right/Conservatives and Christians non-stop and watch your organization fold like a house of cards.

    April 28, 2014 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. Laurie

    The gift that keeps giving, Sarah Palin. Thank you John McCain for illuminating the problem with Tea Party and Republican extremists. Can anyone even imagine an America with the likes of Sarah in national office, as a leader of our nation?

    April 28, 2014 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. Bruce

    More often than not lately I am embarrassed to be an American.

    April 28, 2014 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  17. rdeleys

    I'm ashamed to have to share this country with someone as morally bankrupt as Sarah Palin.

    April 28, 2014 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  18. Uncle Danny

    I'd laugh at this if it weren't so sad and pathetic. Sarah Palin's 5 minutes of fame have been up for a while, and she needs to stop spewing this drivel, if she ever wants to be taken seriously. If stupidity were a crime, Palin would be in jail until the end of time!!

    April 28, 2014 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  19. Ace

    Palin, forgotten but not gone.

    April 28, 2014 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  20. John Krumm

    Such a comment is easy for someone who never served in uniform to make. Come to think of it, no one near her ever served a day in uniform. Those of us who have served, know how easy it is -now- for those who capture our military in action to justify torture of them, OUR US SERVICE MEMBERS. Thank God she continues to open her mouth, and that she lost.

    April 28, 2014 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  21. Thomas

    Sarah Palin / Cliven Bundy 2016

    If Jesus was an active member of the NRA , there would have been a sequel to the movie !

    April 28, 2014 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  22. ME

    All I can do is laugh at her, I feel sorry for her family how embarrassing!

    April 28, 2014 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  23. Vader

    Careful Sarah...

    What goes around comes around.

    April 28, 2014 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  24. Right as Always

    “Not all intolerant anti-freedom leftist liberals are hypocrites.” I wonder if she or her right-wing Tea Party zealots are even capable of realizing the irony of that statement.

    To think this woman was one step away from the US Presidency is simply terrifying. Wrapping yourselves in the flag while acting in the most unpatriotic manner possible, undermining your own government and authorities, intentionally creating division among Americans and promoting hatred. Does anyone really think what she said is any better than Sterling's (Clippers) comments, or that racist mooching farmer in Nevada? The answer is clearly no.

    April 28, 2014 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  25. rs

    Patrick Driscoll

    The very best course of action regarding Sarah Palin is to ignore her rhetoric.
    We do that at a risk. She IS the Right- just like Mr. Bundy. These people are not working for America, nor are they working for the American people. They are people who should be monitored for their actions and statements, and at the appropriate time, action might need to be taken.

    April 28, 2014 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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