The Friend of My Friend Is My Enemy? Schumer Takes Heat for Praising Pete King

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, March, 14, 2017. The White House and Republican leaders in Congress are scrambling to shore up support for their health care bill after findings from the Congressional Budget Office estimated that 14 million people would lose insurance coverage in the first year alone under the GOP replacement for Obamacare. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., left, and Rep. Pat Meehan, R-Pa., head to the House chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, as lawmakers gather for a vote to fund the Homeland Security Department that will curb President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)


Earlier today, Representative Peter King (R-NY) announced he would be retiring at the end of his term, rather than seeking re-election.


King, who is 75, has spent nearly three decades in Congress.  He wrote:

After talks w my family I will not seek re-election in 2020. Difficult decision as my 28 yrs in Congress have been extremely fulfilling while fighting for my constituents: 9/11 & Sandy funding/combating terrorism & MS-13. I thank residents of NY2 for allowing me to represent you.

That makes King the 17th Republican to announce they will not be seeking re-election to the House in 2020.

Upon his announcement, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) weighed in, as well:


In a break from the standard partisan discourse we see eminating from Washington D.C., Schumer said:

Peter King stood head & shoulders above everyone else

He’s been principled & never let others push him away from his principles

He’s fiercely loved America, Long Island, and his Irish heritage and left a lasting mark on all 3

I will miss him in Congress & value his friendship

In a bygone era, this would not be surprising.  Schumer and King have both represented New York in D.C. for years and have even recently worked on legislation together.

In August, the two politicians spoke in support of bipartisan universal background check legislation. They jointly urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring the bill, which passed the House of Representatives, to a vote in the Senate. The bill would require federal background checks for all gun sales.

But, you see, this is not allowed. No Democrat is allowed to count a Republican among his friends or make pleasant remarks about him — and certainly not a Republican who hasn’t fully denounced and disowned Donald Trump.

The Twitter Mob wasted NO time in letting Schumer know he’d ventured too far out of his lane. And who led the charge?


Several others of Bluecheckmark Brigade weighed in:

Got that, Chuck?  You’re out of line!  In fact, you need to go, too!

Schumer, it seems, has been canceled by the progressive wing of his party.

OK Schumer.


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