September 26th, 2013
07:36 PM ET
5 years ago

Rep. King: Cruz supporters making 'vile, obscene' phone calls

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.

Rep. King on defund plan: 'Custer, Kamikaze'

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.

Filed under: Peter King • Ted Cruz
soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Janalionberger

    There is never an excuse for bad manners. You have a right to your feelings but you can get your message across without being vile.

    September 26, 2013 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  2. John

    You Cruz, you snooze, you lose......................again.........................

    September 26, 2013 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  3. Gary

    It's called " Follow the Leader". When all you have to offer is hate and pure nonsence, your followers will do the same.
    Hey Teabaggers, America is seeing whet you truley are. And we don't like you.

    September 26, 2013 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    In spite of what Canadian Rafael thinks I am pretty sure that 26 million texans are NOT on his side and if he thinks that he can be president, take away the fact that he is NOT qualified because of country of birth or state of mind, he is mistaken.
    Your own party is turning against you and when you add most of the Nation that leaves you with the, nay pave, 20% of teatards who are as bat $ hit crazy as the Canadian is.
    I see that the new repug mantra against our President is that he compromising with Putin and Syria but he refuses yo compromise with them.
    I thought it was the other way around.

    September 26, 2013 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  5. Doc1

    No fan of rep King, but he should know Cruz's supporters represent a brand of ignorant, gun toting foolishness too often seen from Texas.

    September 26, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  6. middle america man

    It's not just Cruz, all Republicans are frauds.

    September 26, 2013 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  7. boungiorno

    its a hoax thats all grow up what a waste of time its not HALLOWEEN

    September 26, 2013 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  8. Gurgyl

    Do not answer phone. Do you remember–in 2008 GOP did the same against Obama. Today he is proving legacy.

    September 26, 2013 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  9. Amazing

    While Rep. King is right, he should now appreciate how the President has been treated by the same element and others in the GOP.

    September 26, 2013 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  10. Alex in Wisconsin

    Say hello to the Republican Base. where's your talk about the will of the people now Rep. King? You set them loose and now you're feeling the sting just like the rest of us.

    September 26, 2013 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  11. Tyrone Thigpen

    Maybe he can go on Hardball with Chris Matthews and work some racism into it somehow. Or Rachel Maddow can figure out how it's sexist and homophobic. Has he called the SPLC yet?

    September 26, 2013 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  12. NameLindaHardge

    Ted Cruz and his Tea party cowgirls and boys from Texas and the good old boys from the south are at it again. Could it be that the KKK influence has dealt his thinking process a blow. Can you imagine a Canadian wanting to be President of the US by any means necessary.

    September 26, 2013 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  13. Kenny K

    Whao! When all these TP were doing it to Obama, all the supposedly sane GOPers that could have nipped them in the bud kept quiet.. Now, they turning on their own and destroying themselves.

    September 26, 2013 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  14. jonquil123

    Some people want to win, honestly and decently and other people just want to win. If Cruz needs to lay in bed with the most disturbed, despicable people imaginable, in order to keep winning and remain the center of attention, he will.

    September 26, 2013 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  15. penguin

    Face it. Ugly, vile people have ugly, vile fans. I'm not surprised Ted Cruz fans are calling King's office espousing their crazy vile and vitupritive opinions.

    September 26, 2013 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  16. Mary

    Washington and a tyrannical President and congress created this anger.....King expected us to sit back and enjoy it as they force us to finance our own demise..

    September 26, 2013 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  17. cam

    None of the conservatives I know support King but there are a lot that support Cruz.

    September 26, 2013 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  18. JiminNM

    Politicians and appointees are installed by the international globalist bankers to serve them or else. They are not elected and appointed and do not serve the people or America. Sadly, most people don't care as long as they believe they are receiving something for nothing. Well, they are receiving the shaft in exchange for their freedom and liberty.

    September 26, 2013 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  19. Evergreen

    Many of us have have been saying the same thing: the GOP has tapped into something vile and nasty.

    September 26, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  20. will never vote Republician again

    Cruz is a narcissus. He should pack up and go. He cares nothing about Americans. Go back to Canada.

    September 26, 2013 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  21. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    I LOVE it when a party of traitors implodes!

    September 26, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  22. Woman In California

    If you believe Cruz has this kind of following, you probably believe in Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny and Friday the 13th.

    September 26, 2013 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  23. deee510

    Cruz is an anxious idiot trying to make a name for himself.

    September 26, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  24. Wake up People!

    And the circus continues...... Carry on boys!

    September 26, 2013 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  25. Marty, FL

    "Vile, obscene" followers of Ted Cruz... Birds of a feather sadly flock together.

    The tGOP irresponsibly created the monster with its tea extreme. Vote it out 2014.

    America deserves better.

    September 26, 2013 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
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