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Congressman Peter King Really Hates Ted Cruz

"So, as usual, he’s like one big self-inflicted wound."

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Republican Rep. Peter King of New York really does not like Sen. Ted Cruz.

Speaking with Long Island News Radio, the New York representative called Cruz "one big self-inflicted wound" for forcing the Senate to work on Saturday to vote on the constitutionality of President Obama's executive action on immigration.

"Well, Ted Cruz is the Democrats' best friend," said King. "You know, last year with the government shutdown, that brought the Republican ratings as low as they ever were, there was no end game in sight at all. It was a publicity stunt by him, and too many Republicans fell for it."

King has been critical of Cruz in the past, at one point blaming him for the 2013 government shutdown.

"It didn't work this year — he tried to get the House to go do the same thing this year; they wouldn't. They learned their lesson last year. But he then tried to delay the Senate, and in his delay to force a vote to put people on the spot, he thought, on immigration — which served no purpose — it enabled the Democrats to get through a lot of nominees that Republicans could have blocked. So, as usual, he's like one big self-inflicted wound."

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Andrew Kaczynski at andrew.kaczynski@buzzfeed.com.

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