Long-time Republican congressman Peter King says he won’t seek re-election in 2020

11 Novembre, 2019, 21:53 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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King joins a growing number of Republicans and a handful of Democrats who plan to leave after next year.

"Peter King is a racist". He went on to recount his "extraordinary experience" serving his Long Island district, namely his "efforts for 9/11 victims and their families" and "leading the successful effort to recover from Superstorm Sandy", among other things.

But in the latest indication that congressional Republicans are rallying behind Trump for now, King said he will oppose Democratic efforts to impeach Trump.

The New York Democrat's remarks sparked an immediate backlash from progressives familiar with King's long history of Islamophobic bigotry and racism. At the same time, King embraced some of Trump's most controversial immigration policies. "The border situation is even more serious now because it's not just undocumented workers trying to enter the country looking for work but rather organizations seeking to exploit our porous borders to smuggle weapons and drugs into the US", says King's platform on his website.

"Peter King has spent the last two decades arguing that American Muslims can't be both", said writer Paul Blest. "Your friend is a dipshit, Chuck".

"This Schumer tweet is yet another reminder that the top Dem in the Senate doesn't give a damn about Islamophobia and is unfit to hold the title of Minority Leader", tweeted The Intercept's Medhi Hasan.

Representative Ilhan Omar characterized King as an Islamophobe and Senator Bernie Sanders' Foreign Policy Advisor Matt Duss called him "one of Congress' most outspoken anti-Muslim bigots".

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Democrats seem certain to target the district in 2020.

In a statement, King said he wants to retire to spend time with his wife, children and grandchildren.

A source familiar with the prominent Republican's thinking told CNN Monday that King "was really holding out" on retiring so his daughter Erin King Sweeney, a former councilwoman in Hempstead, New York, 'could run for his seat and win it'. "America, you're killing me".

King's opposition to and attacks on journalists were noted by Trevor Timm, executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation.

And there's a lot more too, over his 28 years in Congress.

King, now in his 14th term in Congress, has served since 1993 after he was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

"There are too many Peter Kings in this country", said Gharib.


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