Hannity Defends Palin’s Waterboarding Comments: It’s How ‘America Rolls’ (AUDIO)

Conservative talk show host Sean Hannity speaks during a debate against liberal Salt Lake City mayor Rocky Anderson, Friday, May 4, 2007, in Salt Lake City, Utah. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)
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Sean Hannity would also like to “baptize terrorists” with waterboarding.

The Fox News and conservative radio show host on Monday defended former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s (R) comment over the weekend that “waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.”

“Well what do you want to do with terrorists?” Hannity asked on his radio show before diving into a hypothetical in which someone kidnaps three kids. In his comparison, the authorities detain one of the kidnappers, but the kids are still missing.

“Let’s see. Would you want to baptize by water boarding the guy who took your three children? I think would. As a matter of fact, it wouldn’t really be much of a question. I think I’d baptize them again and again and again until I found out where my kids are,” he said.

“I don’t understand the sensibility of liberals,” Hannity continued, conceding that torture at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq was out of line.

“Now was Abu Ghraib over the top?” he said. “Of course. We agree. It was embarrassing.”

Hannity then circled back to explain that he would torture a kidnapper to find his kids, and that America should torture terrorists.

“That’s the way we roll. That’s the way America rolls,” he said.

An investigation conducted by the Senate Intelligence Committee found that waterboarding and other torture tactics used in the hunt for Osama Bin Laden produced little or no evidence.

Listen to the clip from Hannity’s radio show via Media Matters for America:

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