Washington (CNN) – Rep. Peter King, who called fellow Republican Ted Cruz a 'fraud,' said his office is now receiving threatening phone calls from people who say they're supporters of the Texas senator.
"You can't always blame a person if his followers act in a terrible way," King said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." However, he expressed concern about the "vile, obscene" nature of the phone calls.
"I have young women, women interns, full-timers, in their late teens, early 20s, and they get these phone calls," he continued. He did not elaborate on how many calls were received.
King of New York has not been shy about his feelings toward the freshman lawmaker, who's spearheading an effort to defund Obamacare in a spending bill that must pass by Monday night to avert a government shutdown.
On Friday, King said he hoped the current showdown on Capitol Hill will let "people know that Ted Cruz is a fraud, and he'll no longer have any influence in the Republican Party."
King made his comments before Cruz launched his marathon speech on the Senate floor this week, which won both acclaim and criticism from Republicans.
The congressman reiterated on Thursday that he doesn't think the phone calls are Cruz's fault, but argued that "he's tapping into something out there which is mean and ugly."
Cruz's office declined to comment on King's remarks.