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 CruzBarr: 'I haven't looked into' whether Ukraine meddled in 2016 election Houston police chief excoriates McConnell, Cornyn and Cruz on gun violence FBI head rejects claims of Ukrainian 2016 interference MORE (R-Texas) on Sunday condemned Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingJuan Williams: Stephen Miller must be fired Why the GOP march of mad hatters poses a threat to our Democracy MSNBC's Donny Deutsch: 'Pathetic' Republicans who stormed closed hearing are 'boring, nerdy-looking white guys' 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.