Speaking today to Fox's Chris Wallace, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) criticized Rep. Peter King (R-NY) for trying to associate, without evidence, alleged Boston bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to "the Muslim community" in the U.S. Feinstein commented, "I don’t think all of this is very helpful. I think the important thing is to get the facts. ...I don’t think we need to go and develop some real disdain and hatred on television about it." Watch:
KING: Listen, the threat is coming from within the Muslim community in these cases. In New York. that’s why Commissioner Kelly has 1,000 police officers out in the community. Unfortunately, he gets smeared by the New York Times and the Associated Press, but the fact is we’ve stopped 16 plots in New York because we know that al-Qaeda is shifting its tactics…If you know a certain threat is coming from a certain community, that’s where you have to look.
WALLACE: Senator Feinstein, your reaction to this?
FEINSTEIN: That’s exactly where they will look. I don’t think all of this is very helpful. I think the important thing is to get the facts. Let the investigation proceed. The FBI has very good interrogators. They know what they are doing. I believe that they will put a case together that will be very strong. With respect to whether we are doing enough in the Muslim community, I think we should take a look at that, but I don’t think we need to go and develop some real disdain and hatred on television about it.
WALLACE: I must say, I don’t think that’s what Congressman King was saying. He was saying, that’s where the threat is coming from, we have to address the threat.
FEINSTEIN: Well, this came at this point from two individuals. That’s what we really do know. We do not know what their connections are. So, I think we ought to find out before we begin to charge them with all kinds of associations.
In 2011, King conducted show trials against American Muslims.