Rep. Peter King (R-NY) isn’t ready to endorse anyone for president — but he definitely opposes one of the GOP candidates.
In an appearance Thursday afternoon on the Fox Business Network, King said that he appreciated Trump’s support on past issues like his investigations of Muslim radicalization in America — but he also didn’t like Trump’s attacks on John McCain, or the allegation that President George W. Bush lied about the Iraq War.
But those disagreements pale in comparison to how much King really doesn’t like Ted Cruz.
“With Donald Trump, I’ve had some real issues with him. On the other hand, in no way am I comparing him to Ted Cruz,” King said. “Ted Cruz — anyone in New York who even thinks of voting for Ted Cruz is a nut!”
“What if Ted Cruz is the nominee, Congressman King?” host Trish Regan asked. “What if Ted Cruz is the nominee — what do you do, then?”
“I tell you, I don’t know — I’ll get some cyanide,” King said. “I don’t know what I’ll do. I mean, I’ll just — you know, not gonna tell you.”
A stunned Regan asked again: “Will you vote for him?”
“Listen, put it this way: I will endorse the nominee of the party,” King concluded. “But it wouldn’t be the most, you know, vociferous support.”
About a year ago, much earlier in the presidential primary season, King previously entertained other possible methods of suicide in the event of a Cruz nomination — having long despised the Texas senator over such issues as his role in the 2013 government shutdown, and that “he doesn’t carry out an intelligent debate” with anyone.