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Sarah Palin to NRA: ‘Waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists’

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While speaking at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting this weekend, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin told the crowd that if she were in charge, those wishing to engage in terrorism would still be waterboarded, The Hill reported Sunday.

“They obviously have information on plots to carry out Jihad,” she said. "Oh, but you can’t offend them, can’t make them feel uncomfortable, not even a smidgen. Well, if I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.”

Palin doubled down on her comment while speaking with NBC News at a campaign rally for Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst the next day.

"Would I make it again?" she asked. "Why wouldn't I, yeah, absolutely. Terrorists who want to annihilate Americans, innocent Americans, our children - whatever it takes to stop them. If I were in charge, I'd be stoppin' em," she said.

The comment stood in stark contrast to positions taken by her former running mate, Sen. John McCain, The Hill added. McCain, who was held as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War, has condemned the practice as torture.

A number of people, however, applauded Palin's comments, Twitchy said.

"Thank goodness for Sarah Palin's common sense leadership. What a contrast to that jellyfish in the White House," one person said on Twitter.

Palin also fired up the crowd at the NRA meeting with a number of statements taking direct aim at Eric Holder and others engaged in an assault on Constitutional freedom. She praised the group, saying they “are needed now more than ever, because every day we are seeing more and more efforts to strip away our Second Amendment rights."

“See, our patience is running thin. It’s being teased and tempted by some intellectual elite in some far distant capital wanting us to abandon even the ideas of the American revolution," she added.

“Do you know why those clownish little Kumbaya-humming fairytale-inhaling liberals want to be tough all of a sudden and control your guns?” she asked. “It’s ‘cuz guys like Al Franken and Harry Reid -- they are not satisfied with just taking your money and your job, your truck and your property and your rights, your healthcare – they didn’t want to just stop at that.”

She then took aim at Holder, who recently suggested special bracelets for gun owners. Gun advocates have expressed concern the bracelets would be used to track gun owners. Palin listed the bracelets she wears to commemorate fallen soldiers and milestones in U.S. history before slamming the attorney general.

“You can have these bracelets when you pry them past my cold, dead hands,” she told the crowd.

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