Former New York City police Commissioner Bernard Kerik is the victim of a gross injustice perpetrated by an activist judge and a hypocritical, elitist media, a leading member of Congress said Sunday on Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera show.
Kerik is scheduled to begin serving a four-year prison term this month. In November, Kerik pleaded guilty to eight felonies, including tax fraud and lying to the White House, while being vetted for the job of Homeland Security chief in 2004.
Rep. Peter King, R-NY, told Rivera that Kerik was being railroaded.
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“This is an absolute disgrace,” King told Rivera. “The sense of hypocrisy here with the media and the elite. If Bernie Kerik were more politically correct, or if Bernie Kerik didn’t come from such a rough upbringing... we’d have editorials all over the country denouncing what happened.
“What happened is that Bernie Kerik got too big for some people who don’t go for his type of person: a tough guy, an honest guy, a guy who fights for the people,” King continued. “He didn’t come from the socially elite crowd. He doesn’t back down from that. As a result of that, what stood out in this matter was the injustice by the government, the injustice by the judge. If there were any fairness in this matter, Bernie Kerik should be getting medals.”