Rep. Peter King (R-NY) said Friday that supporters of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) had inundated his office with “vulgar, rabid and adolescent-type phone calls” ever since he criticized the presidential candidate earlier this week, the Washington Post reported.
“The puerile language used is what most kids outgrow and move beyond when they reach sophomore year in high school,” King wrote in a post on his Facebook page Friday morning. “Clearly, these Cruz supporters suffer from severe cases of arrested development.”
King said it was “particularly shameful” that women and interns in his office had been subjected to the callers’ “perverse rantings.”
He said that Cruz was not responsible for all of his supporters’ actions, but added: “Frankly, I can not imagine supporters of Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Lindsey Graham, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, or other candidates reacting so disgracefully.”
A spokesman for Cruz declined to comment to the Washington Post.
On Monday, King said that Cruz was more like a “carnival barker” than the leader of the free world.
Read King’s statement below: