Peter King

GOP Rep. Slams Trump As Not 'Very Much Involved At All' In 9/11 Recovery

Rep. Peter King, Republican of New York, was not pleased with Donald Trump’s harsh words about President George W. Bush at a recent presidential campaign, issuing a press release at the time calling Trump a “feckless pretender” and “a poor man’s imitation of Michael Moore.”

In an interview with Newsmax’s J.D. Hayworth posted online on Friday, King continued his tirade against Trump, saying that he “never saw Donald Trump being very much involved at all” in New York’s recovery after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

“J.D., from all I know and from my recollection at the time, I never saw Donald Trump being very much involved at all,” he said. “He talks about having hundreds of friends of his who were killed an, I’m not trying to minimize anything, I’m not aware of funerals he went to or any efforts or causes he was involved in, including the 9/11 Health Act or anything, really. I’m sure there could have been some private donations he made, but he was certainly not an active force at all in New York after 9/11 as far as the whole World Trade Center tragedy.”

He demanded that Trump apologize to Bush, before attacking the presidential candidate for praising the late musician Michael Jackson.

“Quite frankly, I found it interesting last night,” he said, “he was saying what a great friend of Michael Jackson that he was and he was saying great things about Michael Jackson, who, as far as I’m concerned, was a pedophile, the same week that he’s calling President Bush a liar is, to me, almost sacrilegious.”

The exchange starts at around 2:30 into this clip:

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Peter King Defends Rudy Giuliani: Obama Doesn't Have Right 'Fervor' To Fight Terrorism

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., told Newsmax host Steve Malzberg today that Rudy Giuliani “should not apologize” for claiming that President Obama doesn’t love America. The congressman said Giuliani wasn’t questioning Obama’s patriotism, but simply “does not understand why the president doesn’t have the intensity, doesn’t have any feeling when he speaks about terrorism and combating terrorism.”

“He’s not questioning whether or not he’s a patriot,” King said. “He really believes that President Obama does not have his heart in it the way other presidents have.”

King added that he agrees with Giuliani’s claim: “I feel like [Obama] looks at it in a very intellectual or antiseptic way, that he has to always equalize it, he has to always take one step forward and one step sideways when he talks about this issue. Back in 2009 when he did his apology tour. He does not have the same fervor that other presidents have had.”

“He should not apologize and he has not apologized,” King said of Giuliani. “He displayed the context of it, he was not saying that he’s not patriotic, but he did say that he does not have the fervor and the drive that a president needs to effectively carry out a war.”

Peter King: 'Hate America' Club Used Torture Report To Distract From Obamacare

Not only are conservatives outraged over the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the use of torture by the CIA, but some even seem to think that the report was made public in order to distract Americans from a congressional hearing on Obamacare.

In an appearance today on Newsmax, Rep. Peter King claimed that the CIA didn’t torture anyone — calling their enhanced interrogation techniques “mild” — and decried torture critics for having a “‘hate America first’ attitude that is self-loathing, self-hatred.”

The New York Republican then told host J.D. Hayworth that the report came to light as a way to deflect attention from Jonathan Gruber’s testimony to the House Oversight Committee on Obamacare.

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Group Spearheading Anti-Muslim Witch Hunt to Honor Peter King

Congressman Peter King (R-NY) will receive an award tonight from the right-wing Center for Security Policy, the group led by Frank Gaffney that is behind the anti-Muslim witch hunt advocated by King’s Republican colleague Michele Bachmann.

Last year, King hosted roundly-criticized hearings on the “radicalization” of Muslim-Americans and continued to make the false claim that 80 percent of U.S. mosques are “controlled by radical imams.” While King did not sign Bachmann’s letters targeting Muslim-American officials serving in the Obama administration, Gaffney was behind the misleading information that led to Bachmann’s letters.

Along with the Family Research Council’s Jerry Boykin, who authored the CSP’s “Team B II Report, Sharia: The Threat to America,” Gaffney warned that Huma Abedin and other Obama administration officials are part of a stealth Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the U.S. government. The CSP even hosted a National Press Club briefing by Andy McCarthy to defend Bachmann’s witch hunt. However, when asked about Gaffney’s support for birther conspiracy theories or his belief that Obama is a secret Muslim, McCarthy admitted that Gaffney’s views were “nutty.”

Gaffney may be giving King his “Keeper of the Flame” award, but he accused King’s leader, House Speaker John Boehner, of “parroting the Muslim Brotherhood line” by denouncing Bachmann’s witch hunt. King is even receiving the award despite signing Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge, as Gaffney believes that Norquist is a Muslim Brotherhood agent, a claim that has gotten Gaffney banned from two leading conservative conferences.

Progressive Organizations Criticize King for Targeting Muslims

A group of over 50 progressive organizations, including People For the American Way, sent a letter to Rep. Peter King yesterday expressing concern over King’s plan to hold hearings targeting American Muslims.

Letter Opposing House Homeland Security Committee Hearing on March 10

We write to strongly object to the House Homeland Security Committee’s plans to hold hearings on the “radicalization” of American Muslims. Our concern is that these hearings will serve to further promote the demonization and scapegoating of millions of American Muslims, while providing little valuable insight into the prevention of domestic terrorism.
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