Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was heavily criticized Monday for expressing sorrow at the announcement from Republican Rep. Peter King that the New York congressman would not seek re-election to the U.S. House.\u0022Peter King is an Islamophobe who held McCarthyite hearings targeting American Muslims, said \u0026#039;there are too many mosques in this country\u0026#039; and blamed Eric Garner for his own death at the hands of police,\u0022 tweeted Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). \u0022Good riddance.\u0022Peter King is an Islamophobe who held McCarthyite hearings targeting American Muslims, said “there are too many mosques in this country” and blamed Eric Garner for his own death at the hands of police. Good riddance. https://t.co/cYZOrnaK2M— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 11, 2019Omar\u0026#039;s remarks were a clear contrast to those of Schumer, a New York Democrat, who praised King on Twitter Monday after the Long Island Republican announced on Facebook that he was calling it a career in Congress.\u0022He\u0026#039;s been principled and never let others push him away from his principles,\u0022 Schumer tweeted of King, adding, \u0022I will miss him in Congress and value his friendship.\u0022The New York Democrat\u0026#039;s remarks sparked an immediate backlash from progressives familiar with King\u0026#039;s long history of Islamophobic bigotry and racism.\u0022The leader of the Democratic \u0026#039;resistance\u0026#039; celebrates career of Trump champion Peter King,\u0022 activist Rafael Shimunov said on Twitter, \u0022whose enemies included Eric Garner, Occupy Wall Street, McCain\u0026#039;s anti torture and immigrant documentation work, Obamacare, and anyone investigating Trump.\u0022Of particular concern to observers were King\u0026#039;s attacks on the U.S. Muslim community, including in 2016 suggesting the creation of a\u0026nbsp;federal surveillance program targeted at Muslims and in 2007 saying that there were \u0022too many mosques in the country.\u0022\u0022Peter King has spent the last two decades arguing that American Muslims can\u0026#039;t be both,\u0022 said writer Paul Blest. \u0022Your friend is a dipshit, Chuck.\u0022Here\u0026#039;s the video of Peter King\u0026#039;s anti-Muslim bigotry on full display: pic.twitter.com/tnos7ffMer— Walker Bragman (@WalkerBragman) November 11, 2019\u0022This Schumer tweet is yet another reminder that the top Dem in the Senate doesn\u0026#039;t give a damn about Islamophobia and is unfit to hold the title of Minority Leader,\u0022 tweeted The Intercept\u0026#039;s Medhi Hasan.King\u0026#039;s decision not to run was interpreted by a number of media outlets as the latest example of a \u0022moderate Republican\u0022 not seeking re-election—a characterization that progressives decried as perilously incorrect.\u0026nbsp;\u0022In 2019 you can be one of Congress\u0026#039;s most outspoken anti-Muslim bigots and still be considered \u0026#039;one of the more moderate GOP members of the House,\u0026#039;\u0022 said Matt Duss, foreign policy advisor to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a candidate for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president.New York Times\u0026nbsp;contributor Wajahat Ali, in a tweet, said\u0026nbsp;the praise for King was too much.\u0022Peter King, a notorious and proud anti Muslim bigot, is being hailed as a \u0026#039;moderate\u0026#039; Republican and praised by both Democrats and media outlets,\u0022 said Ali. \u0022America, you\u0026#039;re killing me.\u0022King\u0026#039;s opposition to and attacks on journalists were noted by Trevor Timm, executive director of the\u0026nbsp;Freedom of the Press Foundation.\u0022I doubt there is a member of Congress in modern history who has called for journalists to be criminally prosecuted more times than Peter King,\u0022 Timm said.While welcome, King\u0026#039;s departure from Congress simply removes him from Washington—the New York Republican\u0026#039;s bigotry is unfortunately shared by many people in the U.S., said\u0026nbsp;The Intercept\u0026#039;s Ali Gharib.\u0022There are too many Peter Kings in this country,\u0022 said Gharib.