Following the Nice terror attack that killed more than 80 people and injuring hundreds more, U.S. Rep. Peter King seized the opportunity on Fox News to call for more surveillance on Muslim communities, saying that not pushing for it would be a “sign of weakness.”
When asked how not to come off as discriminatory when providing additional security, King replied, “It’s not discriminatory if you know the threat is coming from the Muslim community.”
“If you’re looking for the Ku Klux Klan, you don’t go to Harlem” King said. “When they were looking for the mafia, they went into the Italian-American community.”
“We have to forget about hurting people’s feelings…the fact is there are people out there who want to kill us,” King said.
King said that Americans have to be looking at the Muslim community for potential threats.
“That’s where the threat is coming from. You’re not violating anybody’s civil rights. It’s just common sense. That’s where it’s coming from.”
In 2015, King called for the surveillance of mosques and said that Muslims “should want” surveillance for their own protection.