Pete King: Cruz 'gives Lucifer a bad name'
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John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerA new kind of hero? Last week's emotional TV may be a sign GOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger Freedom Caucus presses McCarthy to force vote to oust Pelosi MORE compared Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzUp next in the culture wars: Adding women to the draft Biden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet 228 Republican lawmakers urge Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade MORE to Satan. Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) says BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerA new kind of hero? Last week's emotional TV may be a sign GOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger Freedom Caucus presses McCarthy to force vote to oust Pelosi MORE was being too kind. 

King on Thursday echoed the former Speaker's assessment of the GOP presidential candidate as "Lucifer in the flesh."
 
"I fully agree with John Boehner, and maybe it gives Lucifer a bad name by comparing him to Ted Cruz," King said on CNN's "Wolf."
 
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Boehner reportedly ripped Cruz on Wednesday night at Stanford University, calling him a "miserable son of a bitch."
 
"He allowed his inner Trump to come out," Cruz fired back Thursday at Boehner.  
 
King accused Cruz of having "perpetrated a fraud and a hoax" with his push in 2013 to defund ObamaCare, which eventually led a government shutdown.
 
He has previously expressed hatred for Cruz, saying he'd "take a cyanide if [Cruz] ever got the nomination."
 
King on Thursday, however, mentioned "one good decision" from Cruz, praising the Texas senator's pick of former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina as his running mate.
 
"His selection of Carly Fiorina actually was a very good move," King said.
 
King said he hasn't endorsed anyone in the GOP race, but that it would be a "mistake to block" front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Missouri Rep. Billy Long enters Senate GOP primary Trump-backed Mike Carey wins GOP primary in Ohio special election MORE from the nomination if he enters the convention close to the necessary 1,237 delegates.
 
The lawmaker also spoke favorably of some of Trump's foreign policy-oriented remarks Wednesday, though he questioned Trump's push to withdraw U.S. troops from South Korea and Japan.
 
King said such a move undermined Trump's goal of lowering the United States' financial burden in the area and wouldn't allow the U.S. to have greater leverage over China.