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Rep. Peter King Under Fire For Tweet Comparing NFL Protests To 'Nazi Salutes'

May 27, 2018 - 2:56 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Long Island U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-New York) was facing some heat Sunday after comparing the kneeling protest by NFL players to a Nazi salute.

As WCBS 880’s Mike Smeltz reported, King on Saturday morning issued a tweet taking New York Jets owner Christopher Johnson saying he would pay fines for players who get in trouble for protesting during the national anthem.

“Disgraceful that @nyjets owner will pay fines for players who kneel for National Anthem. Encouraging a movement premised on lies vs. police. Would he support all player protests? Would he pay fines of players giving Nazi salutes or spew racism? It’s time to say goodbye to Jets!” King tweeted.

On Sunday, King said, “Listen, if people want to protest, they can, but I’m opposed to it.”

King said the controversial tweet had less to do with his disagreement with players kneeling and more to do with what he considers to be hypocrisy from Johnson in allowing that specific protest.

“Would you still support him if he was giving a Nazi salute; if it was a Confederate flag; if they were supporting the NRA? How far would he go? Is he willing to support every protest?” King said. “That’s really the question.”

Many have come out against King’s tweet, believing he was equating the Black Lives Matter movement with Nazis.

King said he does not support Black Lives Matter, but he wasn’t trying to say the BLM Movement is the same as Nazis.