Rep. Pete King Backs Trump's Call for Democrats to Return Billionaire Donations

Former Rep. Pete King supports Donald Trump's demand for President Biden and Democrats to return funding from billionaires backing pro-Palestinian and antisemitic protests. Trump made the demand during a campaign rally, vowing to take action against such protests on college campuses if elected.

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Rep. Pete King Backs Trump's Call for Democrats to Return Billionaire Donations

Rep. Pete King Backs Trump's Call for Democrats to Return Billionaire Donations

Former Rep. Pete King (R-NY) expressed his agreement with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's demands for President Joe Biden and Democrats to return funding from billionaires who back pro-Palestinian and antisemitic protests. King made his comments on Newsmax's "Wake Up America" on Sunday.

Why this matters: The controversy surrounding pro-Palestinian and antisemitic protests on college campuses has broader implications for free speech, academic freedom, and social cohesion in the United States. As the 2024 presidential race heats up, this issue is likely to remain a point of contention, with potential consequences for campus politics, political donations, and the national discourse on Israel-Palestine relations.

"You are enabling them," King said. "You're giving them a status they don't deserve." He argued that the demonstrations on the nation's college campuses, reportedly funded by such billionaires, are "undermining our society."

King's comments come amidst concerns about the negative impact of pro-Palestinian and antisemitic protests on US college campuses and society. The protests are reportedly funded by billionaires, which has led to calls for President Biden and Democrats to return the funding.

Trump himself made this demand during a campaign rally in Wildwood on May 11, which was aired live on Newsmax. "Crooked Joe surrendered to the terrorists just like he surrendered to the Taliban, and now he is surrendering our college campuses to anarchists, jihadists, freaks, and anti-American extremists who are trying to tear down our American flag," Trump declared.

"Tonight I'm officially calling on Joe Biden and the Democrat National Committee to return the donations of all antisemites, American haters, and financiers of chaos who have funded the chaos on our campuses: Return the money, Joe," Trump continued. He vowed that as president, he would not allow colleges to be taken over by violent radicals and would deport anyone who brings jihadism, anti-Americanism, or antisemitism to U.S. campuses.

Other recent developments underscore the growing concerns about antisemitism. New York City Mayor Adams announced an award of up to $15,000 for information leading to a conviction against those who vandalized Central Park's World War I Memorial. The House also recently passed an antisemitism bill, which King approved of despite concerns that it is symbolic.

Former Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) expressed his support for elected officials taking action against college protests, but noted that it may be "a little bit too late." He also commented on Trump's New York City trial, criticizing the prosecution's strategy and predicting that the case will fall apart with the upcoming testimony of Michael Cohen.

As the 2024 presidential race heats up, Trump's hardline stance against pro-Palestinian and antisemitic protests, and his call for Democrats to return related billionaire donations, is drawing support from allies like Rep. Pete King. With antisemitic incidents on the rise, the issue is poised to remain a point of contention in the months ahead.

Key Takeaways

  • Former Rep. Pete King supports Trump's demand for Democrats to return funding from billionaires backing pro-Palestinian and antisemitic protests.
  • King argues that these protests, funded by billionaires, are "undermining our society" and "enabling" extremist groups.
  • Trump called on Biden and Democrats to return donations from "antisemites, American haters, and financiers of chaos" during a campaign rally.
  • Antisemitic incidents are on the rise, with recent developments including vandalism of a WWII memorial and passage of an antisemitism bill in the House.
  • The issue is expected to remain a point of contention in the 2024 presidential race, with potential consequences for campus politics and national discourse.