NY Rep Peter King supported a terrorist organization?
Wow, just wow.
Congressman Peter King of New York was the Irish Republican Army’s man in Congress. Congressman King, who has made a name for himself in Islamophobia and wanting to designate Wikileaks a “terrorist organization“, for many years supported the terrorism of the IRA. According to journalist Alex Massie:
In 1982 he told a pro-IRA rally in Nassau County, New York, that “We must pledge ourselves to support those brave men and women who this very moment are carrying forth the struggle against British imperialism in the streets of Belfast and Derry.” That same year, an IRA bomb killed eight people in London’s Hyde Park. Two years later, the IRA almost succeeded in murdering the British prime minister [Margaret Thatcher].
Massie documents far more, including that, “In the 1980s, [King] was a prominent fundraiser for Noraid, the Irish-American organization that raised money for the IRA and was suspected of running guns to Ulster, too.” The BBC banned him because he was pro-IRA and would not condemn their bombings in the U.K.
As Justin Elliot noted, “If ‘IRA’ were replaced with ‘Hamas,’ the sort of fundraising King did would these days earn you a lengthy prison sentence for material support for terrorism.”