Peter King: I Hate Ted Cruz and I'll Take Cyanide if He's the Republican Nominee

April 19, 2016

Rep. Peter King (R., N.Y.) has never been shy about expressing his loathing for Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas), and he was at it again Tuesday on Morning Joe, saying he hated Cruz and would take cyanide if he become the Republican nominee.

Co-host Willie Geist read out a quote from King in which he said any New Yorkers who thought of voting for Cruz in Tuesday's primary should "have their head examined."

"What happens tonight on the Republican side? How big does Donald Trump win?" Geist asked.

"First of all, in case anybody is confused, I am not endorsing Ted Cruz," King said. "I hate Ted Cruz, and I think I'll take cyanide if he ever got the nomination."

The Morning Joe panel roared with laughter.

King added he thought the polls would bear out and Trump would win handily in New York, although he added he voted for Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

King has ripped Cruz repeatedly in the past, calling him a "fraud and a hypocrite," a "phony" and suggesting he go back "under a rock."

When Cruz announced he was running for president last year, King went on CNN to discuss why he thought the Texas senator was a "carnival barker" who led the Republican Party over a cliff in 2013 with the government shutdown.

"To me, he's just a guy with a big mouth and no results," King said.

Wolf Blitzer asked him last year if he would support Cruz if he became the nominee, and King said he hoped it would not occur and that he would "jump off that bridge when we come to it."

Cruz is the only remaining GOP candidate who could clinch the nomination before the Republican Convention besides frontrunner Donald Trump, but his path is almost impossibly narrow.