Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Rep. Peter King (R-NY) are interesting characters. Both are often portrayed as part of the Old Guard of the Republican Party, frequently taking up the mantle of national security, including more war and domestic surveillance.
But King’s recent disgusting tirade against Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has prompted some conservatives, even those who agree with him on national security, to speak out. Some, in fact, are going so far to highlight his past support of the Irish Republican Army (IRA), a Marxist nationalist group that for years used terrorism and the deaths of innocents as a tool to advance its cause.
Erick Erickson, editor-in-chief of RedState.com, pointed yesterday to comments made by McCain in 2000 during an appearance on CNN’s The McLaughlin Group in which he lambasted the King’s self-interest and support for the IRA.
“There is little in Mr. King’s singularly unimpressive legislative record to suggest that he is motivated by anything other than a compulsion to utter provocative sound bites,” said McCain. “I have never met a single other Republican who felt that Mr. King spoke for the party or for any Republican other than himself.”
“Indeed, the only Republican organization I have ever noticed Mr. King represents is the Irish Republican Army,” he added.
Believe it or not, it’s true. King has said some really nice things about terrorists in the past. In 1982, for example, the New York congressman praised “those brave men and women” fighting against “British imperialism in the streets of Belfast and Derry,” a reference to the IRA.
Erickson had already slammed King for his comments, noting that he had blood on his hands for his support of the IRA, but he went a little further.
“The sick and tragic irony is that the GOP put in charge of the Committee on Homeland Security a man who raised money for a terrorist organization while that organization was murdering American allies,” wrote Erickson.
“That’s right. While the IRA was running terror operations throughout Ireland and Britain, Peter King was a huge supporter,” he noted. “King was even thrown out of a Northern Ireland courtroom during a trial because the judge determined he was an IRA collaborator.”
“And that guy is now the Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee,” he added.
In the jacked up mind of Peter King, the real terrorists are those who want to ensure that constitutionally protected civil liberties aren’t trampled upon by the federal government. And if you disagree with him, you hate America.