On his radio show last Saturday night, Democratic Assemblyman Dov Hikind took some time to castigate the harshest critics of the recently-revealed New York City Police Department surveillance program of Muslim mosques and businesses, and especially the New Jersey politicians calling for an investigation into the NYPD’s actions in their state.
“Recently, it all started with the Associated Press when they came out with a report, a study, of … what the police department is doing is too intrusive, they’re invading Muslim mosques and they’re doing this, they’re doing that, and they’re doing the other thing,” Mr. Hikind explained, mocking the critics’ claims. “As the days go on, more and more people, especially Democrats and people on the left, are criticizing, asking for investigations. A Senator from New Jersey, I think Menendez is his name, asked for the Justice Department to look into this. I mean, these people are nuts! Cory Booker, the Mayor of Newark, same thing.”
“They’re very, very upset. I think it is so ridiculous. I think these people are endangering all of us,” he added.
Mr. Hikind then went on to defend police profiling, suggesting, it would seem, that Muslims fit a “terrorist profile.” Several years ago, Mr. Hikind introduced legislation allowing the police to search all Middle Eastern men in the subways.
“The police department is doing what it needs to do to protect us,” he said. “If it means going into a particular area because … it so happens that 99% of the incidents of attempts of terrorism and acts of terrorism … were committed by people who fit, you might say, a certain profile, I call it the ‘terrorist profile,’ Of course you go!”
Mr. Hikind concluded his pre-show monologue by calling the situation “nuts” a couple more times.
“I just think that this is absolutely nuts and not enough people on our side have spoken out on this, and I intend to change that,” he said. “Be that as it may, the insanity to watch this go on and on and on where people are criticizing the police department and the police commissioner. Nuts!”