“Democrats need new leadership”
U.S. Congressman Peter King, a Republican of Long Island, NY, announced bright and early Monday morning he will not seek a 15th term, and will retire at the end of 28 years in Congress. King, a strong Trump supporter, has an impressive record of holding on to a district that has voted largely Democratic, including voting for Barack Obama twice, and even Al Gore and John Kerry over George W. Bush.
Rep. King, a powerful Republican who twice served as Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, also has a record of ugly racism, anti-Islam attacks, pandering to the lowest forms of bigotry, and serving the powerful by demeaning minorities and the poor.
King last year defended ICE in the wake of the deaths of two migrant children. He also likened NFL athletes quietly protesting police violence and killing of Black people to giving a Nazi salute. And he declared there are “too many mosques” in America.
The Congressman from Long Island defended NYPD officers in the killing of Eric Garner, saying if the man who was placed in a chokehold (which violates police policy) had not been “obese,” he would not have died – while at the same time saying “police had no reason to know that he was in serious condition.”
King hunkered down to protect the moneyed interests, attacking the grassroots viral phenomenon known as Occupy Wall Street, calling it a “ragtag mob” of “anarchists.” He warned if the movement were given any “legitimacy” it could go on to have an impact on shaping policy. “We can’t allow that to happen,” he said, despite it having significant support across the country.
That’s just a brief and recent history of Congressman King’s remarks – his policy stances are an entirely different, albeit disturbing matter. He’s voted against the right of marriage and adoption for same-sex couples, and voted against banning anti-LGBTQ discrimination.
And there’s a lot more too, over his 28 years in Congress.
Democrats are now hoping to flip the district, which just moved slightly left to “lean Republican” after King’s announcement.
And yet, here’s Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, whitewashing – or at least, ignoring or excusing – King’s abysmal record (and by tweeting from a right wing news source.) Senator Schumer’s “kind” words come just days before Trump’s public impeachment inquiry hearings – an impeachment King said in his retirement announcement he will vote against.
Peter King stood head & shoulders above everyone else He’s been principled & never let others push him away from h… https://t.co/f049ZdptvC— Chuck Schumer (@Chuck Schumer)1573476625.0
Here’s how some are responding:
SERIOUSLY SCHUMER?? If you EVER wonder why I criticize Democratic "leaders"for enabling Republicans, look no furth… https://t.co/p3qotNo3pI— Peter Daou (@Peter Daou)1573480810.0
@SenSchumer What in the name of God’s green earth is this fuckery. That racist piece of shit has been a smoldering… https://t.co/td9Vm6fJcB— The Hoarse Whisperer (@The Hoarse Whisperer)1573480488.0
Peter King: Blamed Eric Garner for his death at the hands of cops, saying he was "obese" Compared NFL kneeling pr… https://t.co/qfYg7jLrEa— Will Bunch Sign Up For My Newsletter (@Will Bunch Sign Up For My Newsletter)1573481729.0
@SenSchumer No, Chuck, just ... no. I'm a voter and your constituent. I would gladly swap you for another Dem, and… https://t.co/FBlORyNDaN— Matthew Rettenmund (@Matthew Rettenmund)1573480155.0
The most Schumer thing possible is heaping praise on a Republican who wanted to bring American Muslims before Congr… https://t.co/jfVd5aDuLO— Luke Darby (@Luke Darby)1573480851.0
Does Schumer even care about Muslim voters, 75% who vote for the Democratic Party? Peter King held multiple hearing… https://t.co/cM0YtkpPl1— Wajahat "Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic" Ali (@Wajahat "Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic" Ali)1573483915.0
Democrats need new leadership. This tweet...is stunning. Replace all the hateful conspiracy theories and fearmonger… https://t.co/Lr0G1evW0R— Wajahat "Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic" Ali (@Wajahat "Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic" Ali)1573484028.0
Not a wartime consigliere. https://t.co/CAkMh9i6K5— Charles P. Pierce (@Charles P. Pierce)1573477663.0
Peter King is one of the most aggressively, vilely racist members of Congress—but because his hateful bigotry targe… https://t.co/dIy4w8Y6hN— Eoin Higgins (@Eoin Higgins)1573480466.0