Congressman Peter King (R-NY) on Sunday lashed out at Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and other civil libertarians within the GOP, warning they would destroy the Republican Party.
King told CNN it was disgraceful that 94 Republicans voted in favor of a proposal by Michigan Reps. Justin Amash (R) and John Conyners (D) to defund the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance program.
“This is an isolationist streak that’s in our party,” the congressman added. “It goes totally against the party of Eisenhower, Reagan, Bush. I mean, we are a party of national defense.”
King said libertarians within the Republican Party were driving away key voting demographics, such as social conservatives and those concerned with national security.
“When you have Rand Paul actually comparing [NSA leaker Edward] Snowden to Martin Luther King or Henry David Thoreau this is madness, this is the anti-war left-wing Democrats of the 1960s that nominated George McGovern and destroyed their party for almost 20 years. I don’t want that happening to our party.”
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