Cruz condemns King's white supremacy remark: 'It was stupid' and 'he needs to stop'

Cruz condemns King's white supremacy remark: 'It was stupid' and 'he needs to stop'
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzPompeo to speak to influential conservative group in Iowa Top National Security Council aide moved to Energy Department role Ted Cruz takes aim at Alabama vasectomy bill: 'Yikes' MORE (R-Texas) on Sunday condemned Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingMother of child in viral meme sends Steve King cease-and-desist for using image in fundraising Nebraska Democratic Party Chair: Rural vote should be 'bedrock' of party With surge in anti-Semitism, political leaders need to be aggressive and reflective in response MORE's (R-Iowa) remarks about white supremacy, calling them "stupid" and saying that King "needs to stop."

Cruz also said lawmakers should be "united regardless of party" in calling white supremacy and white nationalism "hatred" and "bigotry."

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“What Steve King said was stupid. It was stupid, it was hurtful, it was wrong. And he needs to stop it," Cruz said during an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"I think all of us ought to be united, regardless of party, in saying white supremacism, white nationalism is hatred, it is bigotry, it is evil, it is wrong," Cruz added. "And I think we need that clarity. And I’m certainly going to urge everyone to provide that clarity."

King was quoted last week in a New York Times story questioning why the terms "white nationalist" and "white supremacist" are offensive.

“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” he said in the story published last Thursday.

When asked by host Chuck Todd on Sunday whether he would support King in the future, Cruz didn't give a direct answer.

“What I’m going to do is urge everyone to stand for principles that matter," he said.