FACT CHECK: King Falsely Claims He ‘Never Said’ There Are Too Many Mosques In America

At today’s House Homeland Security Committee hearing, a parade of Democratic members, such as Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), and Rep. Lauren Richardson (D-CA), have reminded the public that Rep. Peter King (R-NY) is someone who previously said there are “too many mosques” in America.

At one point during the hearing, a colleague of King’s, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), claimed that “no one” who was attending the hearing has ever claimed that there were too many mosques in America. King then interrupted to assert that he had at one point claimed that there are too many mosques not cooperating with law enforcement, but not that there are too many mosques in America:

ROGERS: At no point have I ever heard a member of this committee on either side of the aisle assert that we have too many mosques, or too many Muslims, or anything of that kind, so I don’t know where the ranking member got that idea —

KING: If the gentleman would yield from I think what the ranking member was doing I said that there are too many mosques that don’t cooperate with law enforcement. I think testimony today has backed that up. I never said there were too many mosques in America.


Yet nearly four years ago, King clearly said that there were too many mosques in the United States:

KING: We have unfortunately, we have a, uh, too many mosques in this country, too many people that are sympathetic to radical Islam. We should be looking at them more carefully. I think there’s been a lack of full cooperation from too many people in the Muslim community. There’s a real threat here in this country.

ThinkProgress has put together a video factcheck of King’s claim. Watch it: