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 CruzTrump's Texas endorsement boosts a scandal-plagued incumbent while imperiling a political dynasty Trio of Senate Republicans urges Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade Overnight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia MORE (R-Texas) on Sunday condemned Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingGOP brawls over Trump on eve of first Jan. 6 hearing Pence to visit Iowa to headline event for congressman Former Steve King challenger on rural voters in GOP states: 'They hate Democrats' 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.