King told the hearing he is â€œconcerned that within the United States, political correctness has prevented many from sufficiently acknowledging and tackling this dangerous problemâ€ and said studying homegrown terrorism must remain of the highest priority for both the U.S. and UK.
Rep. Peter King testified before a British Parliamentary committee on Tuesday, defending his three congressional hearings on Muslim-American radicalization against â€œmindless criticismâ€ and saying he will not be stopped by political correctness.
The New York Republican appeared before the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee inquiry entitled â€œRoots of Violent Radicalisation,â€ presenting his findings from the three hearings he has held on radicalization within the Muslim-American community as the House Committee on Homeland Security chairman.
He told the Parliamentary hearing he â€œwould not back down to political correctnessâ€ and will continue to tackle what he called a â€œdangerous problem,â€ according to a copy of his testimony provided to POLITICO by his office.
â€œUndoubtedly, Congressional investigation of Muslim-American radicalization is the logical response to the unquestionable fact that homegrown radicalization is part of Al Qaedaâ€™s strategy to continue attacking the United States and its allies,â€ King said. â€œI would not back down to political correctness.â€