Press Release


Press Release

Congressman Pete King Denounces President Obama’s Defense of Colin Kaepernick

President Obama's defense of Colin Kaepernick is shameful and intentionally misleading. No one questions Kaepernick's right to protest. Every American can protest any issue no matter how biased, bigoted or uninformed. By saying that Kaepernick is raising a legitimate issue when he says that police are intentionally killing and targeting African-Americans, President Obama is giving moral cover and approval to hideous slander and propagating the big lie against our nation's police emanating from the likes of Black Lives Matter. The facts are that police shootings against whites are the same as against African-Americans, and in almost all cases justified. No one does more to save and protect all lives -- black and white -- than the police. It is the police who are being targeted and assassinated. President Obama says Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the National Anthem and his slander against police is "messy." No, Mr. President, it is disgraceful. There is no moral equivalence between criminals like Michael Brown and innocent cops who are being assassinated. It is time for America to honestly address racial tensions and injustices. Kaepernick adds nothing intelligent to the debate. He just inflames those tensions. Sadly the President has chosen to side with Kaepernick.


MS-13 must be defeated. Yesterday afternoon I met with the parents of Kyla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens of Brentwood who were brutally murdered by MS-13 gang members. Also attending the meeting was community advocate Barbara Medina. It is one thing to read about or watch the news accounts of these murders on television; it is quite another to personally see the pain and anguish of these suffering parents in a face-to-face meeting. I truly admire their courage and determination. They do not want others to suffer what they have suffered. They raised a number of issues and made several proposals which I am going to bring to the attention of the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security. One issue they stressed was the disproportionate number of unaccompanied illegal minors who have been placed in the Brentwood community and its schools. (Seven of the MS-13 gang members charged in their daughters' murder case had come into the country illegally as unaccompanied minors.)

I am also in regular contact with Suffolk Police Commissioner Sini and County Executive Bellone and I commend the Suffolk Police and FBI for their dedicated efforts to track down these murderers. Justice will be done.

Paid for by Pete King for Congress.
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