- The Washington Times - Monday, February 15, 2016

Iconic horror novelist Stephen King weighed in on the GOP presidential field, saying Sen. Ted Cruz is a “very scary” candidate who will follow scripture rather than the Constitution.

The author sat down for a wide-ranging interview with the Daily Beast to discuss his new time-traveling miniseries ‘11.22.63,’ premiering Feb. 15 on Hulu.

“He’s very scary,” Mr. King, 68, said of Mr. Cruz. “I actually think [Donald] Trump, in the end, would be more electable than Cruz because Cruz is a fundamentalist Christian, and it would almost be like electing the analog of an Imam — someone whose first guiding principle would be the scripture rather than the Constitution.

“I don’t think he could get elected. And, even if he was able to govern without blowing up the world, could we look at a guy who resembles a cable game show host for four years?” he asked. “He has that awful plastered-down hair and everything.”

Mr. King said Mr. Trump’s candidacy left him “speechless,” and he was convinced that the billionaire was doing all of this as some “smart joke” to renew his brand.

“I figured he would run for a while, then drop out, and that would be the end of it. And instead, you talk about media-savvy, but he’s really the anti-media-savvy candidate,” Mr. King told the Daily Beast. “At this point, he’s said 40 different things that would have gotten him laughed out of the race if he wasn’t so outrageous.

“In the debate the Republicans had [in New Hampshire], Marco Rubio repeated the same talking point three or four times — and got his clock cleaned by Christie — and it’s almost like his candidacy has become a very perilous thing. It was a classic gotcha moment,” he continued. “But if it would’ve been Trump, it wouldn’t have mattered, because this guy can say that Megyn Kelly was after me because she was on her period. He can say he didn’t mean that, but that’s obviously what he meant. He can talk about Ted Cruz being a [expletive] and it just bounces off!”

“It’s like he’s bulletproof,” Mr. King said. “Will he get nominated? I would’ve said the idea is ridiculous even four months ago, but now I’m not so sure. Then people are saying that if he does get nominated, he’d never get elected, and I’m saying, well, hopefully that won’t happen. But who knows.”

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