Rep. Peter King: Everyone Who Disagrees With Me Is "Insane"

March 08, 2011 5:52 pm ET — Brian Powell

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) is working the cable news circuit as he prepares to put Islam under investigation by the House Committee on Homeland Security this Thursday. As protests and criticisms of the potentially anti-Muslim hearings mount, King is becoming more and more defensive, claiming on Fox News today that it's "absolutely insane" to be against his investigation. From his interview with Megyn Kelly on America Live:

Among the people King apparently considers "insane" are dozens of religious organizations, civil rights groups, members of Congress and his own constituents.

Even Kelly took an adversarial stance toward the Republican leader this afternoon as she pressed King about a bipartisan study that refutes the basic premise of his investigation: that the Muslim community isn't cooperating with law enforcement to curb terrorism. The Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security study showed that almost one-third of the terror attacks thwarted since 9/11 were done so with the help of tips from the Muslim American community.

King argued that the study leaves out "any number of terrorist financing cases" and investigations that he claims received no support from the Muslim community.

This is quite a shift of the goal posts from King's previous preoccupation with violent terrorist acts and his historic disregard for the use of hard data altogether. Previously, King was content to merely ignore the study's findings and his detractors. As he's backed further into a corner, King's defenses have become more absurd and extreme — he's even been misrepresenting the Obama administration's views on the hearings in order to defend them.