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Peter "A noun, a verb, and Al Qaeda" King is the Republican Representative for New York's third district (located in Long Island) since 1993. King is a staunch Roman Catholic and is one of the many public figures to have jumped on the Islamofascism bandwagon after 9/11. Before this, King had actually enjoyed broad support from the Muslim community, helping to raise funds for a multi-million dollar prayer hall and supporting US intervention in Bosnia and Serbia to protect Muslims.
After 9/11, King cited some anti-Semitic and conspiratorial statements made by members of a local mosque he had worked with as "evidence" of widespread Muslim radicalization in the US. In a 2004 appearance on Sean Hannity's show, he stated:
In 2010, King was chosen as chairman of the House Homeland Security committee and announced that he would hold hearings on Muslim radicalization in America. King's crass double standard on the matter was revealed as the evil traitorous media dug up his history of support for the Irish Republican Army during the 1980s, when he called himself "the Ollie North of Ireland." King is a long-time supporter of Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams and compared him to George Washington. Jon Stewart summed up the situation thusly:
“”I see your charges of hypocrisy and I raise you a "Go fuck yourself!"
King supported Donald Trump's executive order banning people from seven Muslim-Majority countries from entering the United States, saying “I don’t think the Constitution applies to people coming in from outside the country, especially if there is a logical basis for it.”
What the actual facts say
Duke University's Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security issued a report noting:
“”Tips from the Muslim American community provided the source of information that led to a terrorist plot being thwarted in 48 of 120 cases involving Muslim Americans.
The director of the center stated:
“”[T]his study puts into perspective the threat presented by domestic radicalization of Muslim Americans. Is this a problem that deserves the attention of law enforcement and the Muslim American community? Absolutely. But Americans should take note that these crimes are being perpetrated by a handful of people who actions are denounced and rejected by virtually all the Muslims living in the United States.
The hearings began in March of 2011. Sheriff of Los Angeles County Lee Baca, one of the witnesses called, even invited King down to LA to see that Muslim informants were important in foiling terrorist plots. King has declined to comment on Baca's invitation.
King's hearings have been compared to those of Joe McCarthy by some. However, they overlook the fact that while the intention may be similar, King is simply a wingnut with limited political pull and the boogeyman du jour is Obamunism, so King is about five years too late on this.
- Hearings on Muslims Trigger Panic, Washington Post
- Also see Rudy Giuliani
- Congressman: Muslims 'enemy amongst us', WorldNutDaily
- Peter King's Terrorism Problem, Mother Jones
- Peter King, IRA supporter and enthusiastic counter-terrorism advocate, Washington Post
- Stewart on King
- Peter King for 2016?, CNN
-  This guy has a law degree?!
- Study: Terrorism by Muslims Down in 2010, Duke University
- Homegrown terrorists are not just Muslims, Bennie Thompson