Rep. King blasted over Muslim remarks

April 20, 2009 4:38:21 PM PDT
A New York congressman says he stands by remarks that offended Muslim Americans. Long Island Rep. Peter King claimed Friday on MSNBC that few Muslim Americans come forward to cooperate with law enforcers.

According to King, there's never been a Department of Homeland Security report that says, "look out for mosques" or "look out for Islamic terrorists in our country."

The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations calls King's comments "bigoted." It's urging other politicians to repudiate them.

King is the ranking Republican on the Homeland Security Committee.

He plans to decide on a Senate run by the end of the summer.

Former Sen. Alfonse D'Amato says he shares King's opinion about Muslims and law enforcement, but thinks he "probably" made a political misstep.


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