You would have thought, given that Stephen King has found huge success writing stories about horror and the supernatural, that it would take a lot to scare him.
But, apparently, Ted Cruz strikes fear into the heart of the man who wrote stories like 1408, The Shining and IT. In a recent interview discussing the new Hulu series 11/22/63, which is about the Kennedy assassination, the topic turned to the two of the most visible Republican candidates: Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.
When the Daily Beast asked him about Trump, King said: “Man, I don’t know! Trump leaves me speechless. When he came down that escalator to announce that he was going to run for president, I thought to myself that it was a smart joke, and it was a way of basically renewing his brand, refreshing himself in the press, and getting to the forefront.”
“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. 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.”
“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 pussy and it just bounces off! It’s like he’s bulletproof.”
Then, they naturally moved onto Ted Cruz, who the Daily Beast put forward as scarier than Trump.
King agreed, saying: “He’s very scary. I actually think 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.”
“But 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 has that awful plastered-down hair and everything.”