Ilhan Omar Says ‘Good Riddance’ to ‘Islamophobe’ Peter King in Brutal Tweet


But King's district will be one of them, underscoring GOP vulnerability in suburban areas, spotlighted last week as suburban voters in Virginia and Kentucky flocked to Democratic candidates in elections for state offices.

Rep. Ilhan Omar celebrated Rep. Peter King's upcoming retirement, responding to the New Yorker's announcement by writing, "good riddance".

Rep. Peter King, a moderate Republican who has represented a Long Island congressional district for almost 30 years, announced Monday he won't seek reelection, presenting Democrats with a fresh suburban target as they defend their majority in 2020.

"Peter King is an Islamophobe who held McCarthyite hearings targeting American Muslims, said "there are too many mosques in this country" and blamed Eric Garner for his own death at the hands of police", she wrote. "The police were trying to bring him down as quickly as possible", King said on CNN.

He also questioned whether Garner couldn't breathe, saying, "the fact of the matter is, if you can't breathe, you can't talk".

'This was not an easy decision.

King, 75, said he decided that while he and his wife were in good health, it was time to spend more time with children and grandchildren, including a daughter who recently moved to North Carolina.

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In his statement, King called his 14 terms in Congress an "extraordinary experience" and decades in Congress has been "an extraordinary experience".

In 2011, King was chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and held hearings focused on the radicalization of Muslims in the United States.

"Politically I will miss the energy and dynamism of a re-election campaign especially since my polling numbers are as strong as they have ever been and I have more than $1 million in campaign funds", King said in his statement. "I intend to remain in Seaford, be active politically and look forward to seeing what opportunities and challenges await me in this next chapter of a very fortunate life". "He's fiercely loved America, Long Island, and his Irish heritage and left a lasting mark on all 3", Schumer declared.

With the time he has left in Congress, King said in a Facebook post that he will vote against impeaching Trump and support the president's bid for reelection.

The slew of incumbent Republicans leaving the House is worrisome for the chamber that flipped to Democrat in the 2018 midterm elections - and could mean that the Democrats earn even a bigger majority margin in 2020.

But with suburbs around the country trending away from the GOP, King was on the "retirement watch list" unveiled in February by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.