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Peter King 2016: What 5 Liberal Pundits Say About Potential GOP Presidential Hopeful

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Since Rep. Peter King announced his GOP 2016 candidacy for president back in September 2013, liberal pundits have had a field day with the Long Island lawmaker’s long-shot decision.

Here are what four liberal political pundits have said about the campaign of the New York representative and GOP presidential hopeful:

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1. On Oct. 14, 2014, Salon published its list of the “GOP’s 10 most clownish 2016 presidential candidates.” King was No. 7 on Salon Deputy Political Editor Luke Brinker’s list. Brinker mocked King for supposedly “gaining widespread notoriety for holding McCarthyite hearings on alleged extremism in the Muslim community.” Former Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann topped Salon’s list.

2. In a July 19, 2013, commentary from The New Republic, Molly Redden couldn’t hide her left-leaning glee at King’s interest in the presidency.

“King specifically is best known for his abiding fear of homegrown terrorists, so long as they are brown,” Redden wrote. “He proclaimed, in a 2007 interview with Politico, ‘There are too many mosques in this country.’ As chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, he held a string of hearings about the radicalization of American Muslims, on the (completely wrong) grounds that Muslim Americans had largely refused to cooperate with post-9/11 law enforcement investigations. And yet, throughout the 1970s and ’80s, he was probably the biggest stateside defender of the Irish Republican Army, a terrorist organization that sought to force the British out of Northern Ireland.”

3. Rachel Maddow has been a frequent liberal critic of King, decrying his positions on everything from Ferguson and ebola to the Eric Garner controversy. Recently, the MSNBC host criticized King for his stance on torture of terrorists to extract information from them.

According to her show’s website, “King says the 525-page Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation and detention techniques does not detail torture, but just procedures which create what King described as ‘tremendous discomfort.’ King said of waterboarding and related abuses, ‘I don’t believe these are torture at all. We’re not talking about anyone being burned or stabbed or cut … We’re talking about people being made to stand in awkward positions, have water put into their nose and into their mouth. Nobody suffered any lasting injuries from this.’ I’ve seen a lot of Republicans this week express support for torture. King’s absurdities are arguably the most depressing.”

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4. On July 21, 2014, political pundit Rob Groce of Liberal America eviscerated the GOP presidential hopeful’s candidacy for a host of supposed issues. Here is one small snippet of Groce’s criticism from the left:

“Even the Tea Party can’t hold a candle to King’s radical, far-right views, however,” Groce claimed. “And that’s why all should familiarize themselves with this guy — who’s known as ‘America’s new McCarthy’ — as soon as possible. He defends the Big Brother-type surveillance conducted by the NSA, for example, claiming its recent scandals only make the need to closely monitor American citizens more evident. In 2009, he defended operation of Guantanamo, challenging President Obama’s order to shut down the makeshift military prison, and by claiming Gitmo detainees are treated ‘far better than most American prisoners in the U.S. jails and prisons I’ve inspected’ and ‘are treated too well,’ he emphasized in an op-ed to the New York Post.”

5. In a Sept. 6, 2013, analysis in The Huffington Post, the site’s Jason Linkins speculated that King’s presidential aspirations are fed in part by his disdain for less hawkish Republican candidates like Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.

“This, naturally, sets up King as an antagonist to presumed 2016 aspirant Rand Paul, who has contended against military intervention in Syria,” Linkins wrote.

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Since Rep. Peter King announced his GOP 2016 candidacy for president back in 2013, political pundits have had a field day with the U.S. congressman’s long-shot decision. Here are what four liberal pundits have said about the campaign of the New York representative and 2016 GOP presidential hopeful.
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