Peter King, Ted Cruz (Credit: AP/Manuel Balce Cenata, AP/Andrew Harnik)

New York GOP Congressman: "I think I'll take cyanide if Ted Cruz gets the nomination"

"I hate Ted Cruz," Representative Peter King said, clearly hiding his feelings



Scott Eric Kaufman
April 19, 2016 5:45PM (UTC)

On Morning Joe Tuesday, Republican New York Representative Peter King declared that if Texas Senator Ted Cruz won the GOP nomination, he would prefer to take a cyanide pill to pulling the lever for him.

Not that he's a fan of Donald Trump, either, however. "I think you are going to see Donald Trump scoring a big victory tonight. I do not endorse Donald Trump," he told co-host Joe Scarborough. "I actually voted by absentee ballot for John Kasich. I'm not endorsing John -- but I voted for him to really send a message."

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"I think Trump is going to win big," he continued. "I know on Long Island, you go through every part of Long Island I've been to, people come up to you -- they're talking about Donald Trump."

He also acknowledged that the convention is going to be a problem for moderate Republicans, saying that "the likelihood is Donald Trump is going to be [the nominee]. I want Donald Trump to know that if he wants to support our Republicans -- he's got to get more substance, he's got to really learn what he's talking about."

As for Cruz, King said "I think I'll take cyanide if he got the nomination."

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Watch the entire conversation below via MSNBC.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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