AMES, Iowa — Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican and Ted Cruz supporter, says Donald Trump bought his endorsements. Trump recently received high profile endorsements from Maricopa County Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and Liberty University president Jerry Falwell, Jr.
King reiterated his statement about the endorsements to the Daily Caller on Saturday during a Cruz rally at the Gateway Hotel and stressed that he “knows things.”
“He has, from a regular person’s perspective, unlimited resources and he’s willing to use whatever access he has in order to get the endorsements that he wants,” King explained.
“Among those are the assets that we would naturally think of, including the attraction that might be for, oh who knows, a reality TV show, a job in the Trump machine,” he said.
King added: “There’s fame and fortune, and there’s also the fear factor of retribution, which Donald Trump has not been shy about delivering against people. So all of that affects a person’s judgment under those circumstances.”
The conservative Iowa congressman would not get specific, but would only say, “I know things, but I’m saying what is appropriate, so that people will know enough, and I’m wanting to keep this on as high a plane as I can, but I don’t think my conscience can allow me from not saying anything.”