In 2006, President Bush appeared alongside then-House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King (R-NY) and heaped praise on the Congressman, calling him a “strong, strong chairman” who was “doing a fine job to help us protect this country.”
The Politico reports today that King, now ranking member on the Committee, is continuing his “strong, strong” measures to “protect” the United States by directly attacking Muslims. In a recent interview, King said:
Unfortunately, we have too many mosques in this country. There are too many people who are sympathetic to radical Islam. We should be looking at them more carefully. We should be finding out how we can infiltrate. [...]
I think there’s been a lack of full cooperation from too many people in the Muslim community. And it’s a real threat here in this country.
Throughout his tenure in Congress, King has stereotyped and launched racist attacks at Muslim-Americans:
“[Y]ou could say that 80-85 percent of mosques in this country are controlled by Islamic fundamentalists.” [LINK]
“I know of any number of mosques in New York…where there are radicals in there.” [LINK]
Muslims are “an enemy living amongst us.” [LINK]
Muslims’ “ideology of extremism has been spread to the youth and the new generation.” [LINK]
“They won’t turn in their own. They won’t tell what’s going on in the mosques. They won’t come forward and cooperate with the police.” [LINK]
Gen. John Abizaid recently stated, “the battle of words is meaningful, especially in the Middle East to people.” With members of Congress like Peter King, we continue to lose that battle.
UPDATE: King responds: “The quote was taken entirely out of context by Politico. My position in this interview, as it has been for many years, is that too many mosques in this country do not cooperate with law enforcement. Unfortunately, Politico was incapable of making this distinction.”