The Presidential Candidate Who Scares Horror Master Stephen King

"Cruz is a fundamentalist Christian and it would almost be like electing the analog of an imam."

16/02/2016 2:38 PM AEDT | Updated 18/02/2016 6:10 PM AEDT

Stephen King has made a career out of horror, giving chills to the millions who've read his books and watched the films and TV shows based on his stories. But there's someone who scares even him: Ted Cruz, the Republican senator from Texas who's running for president.

"He’s very scary," King told The Daily Beast in an interview to promote "11.22.63," the Hulu series based on his 2011 novel.

When asked about Donald Trump, King said the GOP frontrunner left him "speechless." 

"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," King said. 

But King saved his harshest words for Cruz: 

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.

Read the full interview here.

King, who has a long history of supporting Democratic causes, has weighed in on the GOP presidential race several times on Twitter, including last year when he wrote this about Trump: 

He has also taken on Paul LePage, the Republican governor of his home state of Maine, who incorrectly implied that King had moved to Florida to avoid paying taxes.   

LePage has refused to apologize for that statement.


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