Rep. Steve King — the Iowa Republican who made the infamous “calves the size of cantaloupes” comment when comparing young undocumented immigrants to drug dealers — endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for president Monday.
“I am all of the way in supporting Ted Cruz for president,” King said in a video announcement of his endorsement posted to Cruz’s campaign website. “I am going to ask you to do one thing on one day: February 1. Do your duty for God and country, come to caucus and support Ted Cruz for president of the United States.”
Considering the two are often aligned in their hardline stance against immigration, it’s not surprising that Cruz earned King’s support. King praised Cruz for “standing at my side, time after time, whenever there was a crisis that we needed to address.”
Nevertheless, King — as an influential conservative lawmaker in an early primary state — serves as “king-maker” of sorts among the GOP’s hard right primary electorate.