Read time: 2 minutes

Rep. Peter King Under Fire For Using Asian Racial Slur

Peter King puts his foot in his mouth yet again.

On Friday morning, Rep. Peter King, not a big fan of Donald Trump, but who is supporting him joined MSNBC's Morning Joe crew and got into some hot water over his use over a Japanese term that is considered derogatory.

While discussing Trump, King said he would campaign for himself and others who share his views on national security, "National defense and homeland security are issues that mean the most to me and there's real issues with him, real problems with his views."

He then stepped into a quagmire by saying. "I don't know if he's thought them through or is just like the guy at the end of the bar who says, 'Aw, screw 'em. Bomb them, kill them, pull out, bring them home. Why pay for the Japs? Why pay for the Koreans?"

He must know that he word "Japs" is considered a racial slur.

The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) asked Rep. King to apologize, but he refused by actually imitating Trump's position on insensitive remarks, “We’re getting too politically correct. "

The Hill:

In a phone interview Friday, King said he was making a broader point about the divisive state of today's politics. During the call, King repeated the epithet again to a reporter.

I stand by the merits of what I said. I was quoting the guy at the end of the bar who needlessly offends, who makes snaps decisions and doesn't care, who suddenly says, 'The hell with them, the Japs and Koreans,' " King told The Hill.

"I was using it to make a point, and I would make it again," King continued. "If someone wants to say, 'The mick at the end of the bar,’ I wouldn't be offended by it."

When told that the term is highly offensive to the Japanese and Asian-American community, King replied:

“We’re getting too politically correct. Let's not get overly sensitive here.”

Can you help us out?

For 16 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit. We work 7 days a week, 16 hours a day for our labor of love, but with rising hosting and associated costs, we need your help! Could you donate $21 for 2021? Please consider a one-time or recurring donation of whatever amount you can spare, or consider subscribing for an ad-free experience. It will be greatly appreciated and help us continue our mission of exposing the real FAKE NEWS!

More C&L Coverage


New Commenting System

Our comments are now powered by Insticator. In order to comment you will need to create an Insticator account. The process is quick and simple. Please note that the ability to comment with a C&L site account is no longer available.

We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service (revised 3/17/2016) for information on our posting policy.

Please Do Not Use the Login Link at the Top of the Site.

In order to comment you must use an Insticator account. To register an account, enter your comment and click the post button. A dialog will then appear allowing you create your account.

We will be retiring our Crooks and Liars user account system in January, 2021.

Thank you.
C&L Team