CINCINNATI (TDB) -- Watch U.S. Rep. Peter King say the United States has "too many mosques." The comment is viewed as inflammatory and he's now being branded a bigot. King is a New York Republican and serves on GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani's homeland security advisory board. The Democratic National Committee said the remark smacks of religious intolerance and that King should be booted immediately from his role in Giuliani's campaign.
DNC Press Secretary Stacie Paxton said:
"Congressman King's comments are deplorable and he should apologize immediately. This type of bigoted language has no place in public discourse, especially from the Republicans top lawmaker on the House Homeland Security Committee. Will Rudy Giuliani denounce Peter King's comments and fire King as his homeland security adviser?
"Scapegoating a group of Americans to win elections is an ugly Republican campaign tactic Americans have already rejected. Our country was founded on the principle or religious freedom. Religious profiling and discrimination have no place in our country."
King said in an interview with The Politico that he was concerned about people sympathetic to radical Islam. He said the government should be more active in monitoring and infiltrating. He was concerned about a lack of cooperation by some Muslims in New York State, and he worried about the numbers of mosques. In effect, he equated the presence of mosques with radical islamists.