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. Sonny

    How insensitive....you know Terrorists have feelings too. We should try to be more understanding and tolerant of them...after all, I'm sure we brought it on ourselves anyway by America's evil ways. Said the Liberal

    April 28, 2014 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. rs

    Palin, Bundy, "Duck Commander", Issa, Santorum, Cruz, Murdoch, Akin.....

    Anyone see a pattern? A dead political party.

    April 28, 2014 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. CommonSense

    The Rational Majority needs to stop complaining and do something ... clean the House in this election year

    April 28, 2014 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. Ben

    I just want to be clear...we are mad because this woman made a joke about "baptizing" people who are responsible for the deaths of scores, possibly thousands of people...many of them American. A joke...free speech...as opposed to decapitating while alive, men and women, enslaving women in their own country, killing minorities and those of other faiths for daring to say anything they don't like and this is what is offensive???

    April 28, 2014 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. Greg G.

    Wasn't her 15 minutes over long ago?

    April 28, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. jbanester

    What a stupid think to say. Christianity is about love and forgiveness...Jesus would have opposed any kind of torture. He said to treat you neighbors as you would yourself. But here is an example of how politicians twist the word of God for their own agenda.

    April 28, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. yerkiddinright

    She's a gift that keeps on giving. How's that rebranding going, GOP?

    April 28, 2014 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  8. Anonymous

    What this says about the people who were seating in the room and listing and uploading Palin for such a heat speech?

    April 28, 2014 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  9. achepotle

    "When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don't really have to do anything, you just let them talk."
    President Obama

    April 28, 2014 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  10. rbnlegend


    And when their leaders joke about decaptiating captives, etc, that's free speech too, right?

    April 28, 2014 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  11. ken

    This is an outrageous comment. Detestable to God and to Humanity!

    April 28, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. Mike Hunt

    In a very real sense she has got it right with people who want to harm us. And what would Jesus do ? Probably something else but he is all powerful and we are not. In Rome do as the Romans do.

    April 28, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. StevenR

    I think Sarah need a little BAPTIZING herself. How much did you ILLEGALLY collude with the Koch Brothers during the presidential campaign? (Baptizer pours more water on the cloth over her face) HOW MUCH SARAH??? We will DROWN YOU if you don't answer...HOW MUCH???!!!!

    THAT is a job that should go to the highest bidder...

    April 28, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. lilspenny

    Sorry, but you can't be for torture and celebrate the Bill of Righs... and then rail against hypocrisy. It just doesn't make any sense.

    April 28, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. Ralph in Orange Park FL

    The good news is that she is not allowed to run anything but her mouth.

    April 28, 2014 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. Ben

    Then the GOP has NO ISSUES with American captives being water boarded because to our foes, they consider us to be terrorists. The whole point of some degree of international agreement to classify some things as torture is that if we don't, you can be certain they are going to do it to Americans as a full acceptable and open practice.

    April 28, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  17. Sniffit

    "I just want to be clear...[blah blah blah]...and this is what is offensive???"

    If you don't find the very idea of equating a violent act of torture to a baptism horribly offensive, then there is something wrong with you, just on that very basic level. It's not until you admit that torture and baptism don't belong in the same analogy together that we can move on to understanding that the idea of forcibly and violently subjecting someone to another religion's practices is just plain old offensive as well. After that, maybe you can start to comprehend that her underlying bigotry, which likes to cast the entire "war on terror" as a holy war of Christianity versus Islam is also insanely offensive AND plays right into the narrative that terrorists use to recruit people and incite their own acts of violence. There's pretty much nothing that ISN'T offensive, ignorant and wrong-headed about what she said.

    April 28, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. Jerry

    We need more politicians like her that will stand up and say what needs to be said. You Libs better watch out we're coming after you...

    April 28, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  19. Norm

    Did Palin just tell Al Queda that if they capture American soldiers that they should torture them into converting to Islam? Because that's what she just said she would do as Commander in Chief. Any terrorist captured would be tortured into converting to Christianity, or converted by force through a forced "baptism".

    But hey Christians, how do you feel about baptism being compared directly to torture? How do you feel about forced religious conversion? Well, given the amount of Sharia law that Evangelicals now directly support, I don't think beheadings of anyone who rejects Jesus is very far off.

    April 28, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  20. Rosa

    OMG! No she didn't!

    April 28, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. demfromsc

    Every time I think that a Republican has made the most stupid and/or ignorant comment in the history of mankind, another one pops up and says something even more inane. Do the voters see a pattern here? We need to get rid of all of them.

    April 28, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  22. Jerry

    The LIbs and Dems are going to be the first to scream for someone to save them when the fighting comes here...

    April 28, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  23. JC

    Not all ego-maniacal freedom hating racists are hypocritical radical conservatives.
    “I’m kidding,” she said. “Yes, they are.”

    April 28, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. Kervork

    Of the almost 800 detainees at Guantanamo, all but 100 will be released. I can only assume this means we have tortured around 500 innocent people. It would not surprise me if many of those people held there were not terrorists to start but after their experience decided to become one.

    Today we torture 'terrorists'. Tomorrow we torture 'dissidents'.

    April 28, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  25. Zeflik

    Hm....Since the NRA does everything in its power to ensure that both domestic and foreign terrorists that operate in the United States have an easy access to guns, it actively aiding and abetting terrorists. Therefore, if we are to follow Ms. Palin's logic, the NRA leadership ought to be waterboarded.

    April 28, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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