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Rep. Peter King Defends Past Support Of I.R.A., Remains Undeterred

Republican Congressman Peter King not only refuses to back down from holding congressional hearings on the radicalization of Muslim Americans, but he also isn’t afraid to stand up to claims that his past sympathies for the Irish Republican Army (I.R.A.) make him a hypocrite. King tells The New York Times he does not regret his past pro-I.R.A. statements.

King argues the Irish group that many view was a terrorist organization, was actually “a legitimate force” to combat British repression and that “it was a dirty war on both sides.” He also tells the Times:

“I understand why people who are misinformed might see a parallel. The fact is, the I.R.A. never attacked the United States. And my loyalty is to the United States.”

Regardless, many critics, including Irish writer Niall O’Dowd who worked closely with King in the past, view King’s hearings as a “strange journey from Irish radical to Muslim inquisitor.” Yet it seems like nothing from this inquisitor’s past, nor any statements about him in the present, can successfully intimidate King.

Check out the full article from The New York Times.

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