GOP Rep. Peter King: Rand Paul “doesn’t deserve to be in the United States Senate”

The GOP civil war rages on!

Topics: Peter King, Rand Paul, NSA, National Security Agency, Fox News, The Huffington Post, Surveillance, Privacy, GOP Civil War, U.S. Senate, Kentucky, New York, U.S. House of Representatives, ,

Appearing on Fox News on Sunday, New York GOP Rep. Peter King continued his ongoing war against basically anyone who has a serious interest in reining in the NSA, this time focusing his ire on one of the NSA’s biggest congressional critics: Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.

King’s rage was inspired by Paul’s announcement that he intended to sue the Obama administration for the NSA’s activities. Paul has said that his lawsuit, which he hopes to make a class action, “really beats home and brings to the forefront the idea that this is a generalized warrant and it should be considered unconstitutional.”



“Rand Paul does not know what he’s talking about, and Rand Paul is really spreading fear among the American people,” King said. “To me, he’s either totally uninformed or he’s part of that hate America crowd that I thought left us in the 1960s. In any event, he doesn’t deserve to be in the United States Senate for spreading that type of misperception and absolute lies, to be honest with you.”

This is far from the first time King has criticized Paul in public. In December, King said Paul had “disgraced his office” and “should be ashamed of himself.”

Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a staff writer at Salon, focusing on politics. Follow him on Twitter at @eliasisquith, and email him at eisquith@salon.com.

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