Cantor defends Peter King
March 8th, 2011
04:43 PM ET
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Cantor defends Peter King

Washington (CNN) - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Tuesday defended Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King for holding a series of hearings on the "radicalization" of the American Muslim community and that community's response to it.

The number two House GOP leader pointed to the 2009 attack at Fort Hood by a Muslim American soldier on fellow U.S. soldiers, and maintained that King's committee's job is to deal with potential threats to U.S. security.

"We have got demonstrable occurrences in this country that show we've got a risk of the spread of radical Islam," Cantor said. "That's not within the security interests of the United States and its citizens –something we really want to work with folks to see if we can stop."

Asked about the attention on the hearing, Cantor downplayed it, saying, "I think it's one hearing out of many that he's having," and said the news media has "become fascinated with this hearing."

But Cantor added, "I would say to you it's pretty obvious where some of the problems have been in terms of terrorist activity. There's no question that it has been encouraged by the radicalization of folks coming out of Central Asia and the Middle East and have used this as a reason to perpetrate terrorist acts. Again, that's a fairly well accepted notion at this point and that's where Chairman King has gone."

Pressed about the backlash from the Muslim American community to King's hearings, Cantor said, "People are free to react the way they want." But then the GOP leader restated his concern about the issue, saying, "I believe that we in this country are threatened by the spread of radical Islam both abroad and at home."


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  1. Redleg

    Given that no Jewish conservative I can think of has defended tthe US when under Communist and Islamist attack, which is positively required by halachah, what can a coward like Cantor or a terrorist sympathiser like Peter King add to the discussion. Mel Brooks and Harlold Kushner served. What has Cantor ever done?

    March 8, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  2. kelsey's grammar

    Religion is just a mask to the insanity that a terrorist hides behind.

    March 8, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  3. NameGregger

    Both King and Cantor are blithering idiots. To King everything is an attack on "the American Way of Life" including which way people wipe their butts. Cantor is set to only vilify any attempt to get this nation out of the mess left over from the Bush '43 years.

    March 8, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  4. jma58

    Let these narrow minded idiots lay down their record. They will find it necessary to run on that record for the next election.

    March 8, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  5. Dready

    Three simple questions:

    1. What exactly will be the end result of these "hearings", what will be gained?

    2. How much are these "hearings" costing the American taxpayer?

    3. How many jobs are these Hearings producing?

    March 8, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  6. Palin: Like Coulter ... Minus the Manparts

    Really? Cantor defending Peter King? This is the same guy who couldn't even distance himself from the birthers last time he was confronted with their accusations on national television. Shocked, I tell you, just shocked!

    March 8, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  7. curtther

    Eric Cantor is a creepy slime ball.

    March 8, 2011 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  8. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Cantor is the little weasel in high school who got beat up every day, probably by kids from blue collar families. Now the "tough guy" want's to take it out on the the rest of us! Go away LOSER!

    March 8, 2011 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  9. hayrake

    The spread of radical Islam is a very real threat to this nation. Can't figure why people seem to want to just close their eyes to it.

    March 8, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  10. Pretzel Logic

    Peter King is a hate monger who has a proven track record of using fear as a political tool. He should be thrown out of office.

    March 8, 2011 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  11. willie floyd

    The only thing the Reps. appear to want is to stir up fear and hate. I would much prefer they investigate the religous freaks in Kansas carrying their disgusting signs and the preacher in FL wanting to burn the Koran. I would also like the people bombing abortion clinics and killing Drs. who perform abortions to also be investigated. I hope everyone here has called their congressmen-I have and will continue to do so. I will also work diligently on Pres. Obamas' re-election campaign.

    March 8, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  12. Cantor denigrates Democracy

    Cantor is an absolute schmuck...
    It would be horrible but if the tea party continues this path of attacks on Muslims, unions, middle class, women; I do think that America could revolt and attack the tea party and those around it with great force and violence....
    the tea party is ripping the fabric of democracy and I believe that Americans are getting more and more angry...
    In Iowa, the GOTP contenders are showing that each of them believes the GOTP can 'only' win if it continues to drive the tea party policies.....kicking the hornet's nest

    March 8, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  13. Abdullah

    Radicality exists in any religion. Before Moses they killed prophets. In the words of physics, without friction universe not exist. Even in Muslim dominated country like me in Indonesia, eliminate radicalism is non-sense what we can do just manage it wisely for our benefit like we use brake to stop our vehicles.

    March 8, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  14. jon

    Funny how the GOP accuses Obama of being "divisive"... then pulls crap like this. This is a farce and a shame to the United States.

    March 8, 2011 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  15. Jeff in Virginia

    I am interested in investigating the right-wing domestic terrorism that has actually been happening.. not these fairy tales about the "scary brown people". Wake up Peter King. You are actually the one who should be investigated for extremism.

    March 8, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    eric cantor is a member of cfr. he is a rich attorney who is very out of touch with his constituents. and like many FOOLISH jews in germany prior to the holocaust-actually thinks his education money and prestige that he is using to help put the nwo in control of america will somehow save his butt from being exterminated by the ruling elite. or the muslims once they get what they want. CONTROL OF THE WHOLE EARTH. READ THE QURAN!

    March 8, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  17. snafu

    I don't mind these hearings as long as they start the next ones with the Koch brothers, now those two are Cantors mentors and they are terrorists. A couple of boys that had their daddy work for Joesph Stalin, then he worked for Joe McCarthy and the John Birch Society. Now they have their money and hands in the tea party terrorists, please rid us of Eric Cantor he is the real American Terrorist he doesn't love kittens.

    March 8, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  18. Nancy

    Soon enough there will be concentration camps for Muslims in America. So sad!!

    March 8, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  19. Rob

    Macarthyism all over again. Take out the individuals that have broken the law, or even those that are clearly on a path to conduct acts of terrorism. But don't isolate an entire class of people just because you don't like their beliefs.

    March 8, 2011 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  20. Charles O'Flaherty

    What is it with the Republican Irish politicians and their hate hearings. Joseph McCarthy gave us McCarthyism; Peter King is giving us Kingism. Kingism is the action by a politician to denigrate a minority religion to play to the fears of Americans. McCarthy used the Communists and King uses the Muslims. King should be ashamed to be making the Irish look like buffoons.

    March 8, 2011 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  21. true black jew

    America is so fake. Im an american muslim and I would never want anything bad to happen where my children live. The truth is america is the modern day babalylon they want to extinguish a religion like spain and italy did the african

    March 8, 2011 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    We have over 1000 hate/terror groups in the country by some recent accounts( Check the Souther Poverty Law Center). This is more than any at any point in our history. The vast majority of these are NOT Muslim.

    Why is Rep. King was ting our time and money on this, while ignoring groups that planned to attack funerals of police and members of our armed forces ( the Hutaree militia in Michigan spring to mind)? The perpetually constipated Mr. Cantor can't or won't answer this questions. The biggest threat to our security lies at home with people who look like us, act like us, but feel they are better than us. They are not all necessarily Muslims, but are people like Tim McVeigh, Byron Williams, and others. King is making political hay out of fear (again).

    March 8, 2011 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
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