If, as Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina famously said, the choice between Ted Cruz and Donald Trump is like the choice between getting shot and taking poison, then cyanide is a viable option.

New York Rep. Pete King (R) on Tuesday offered his harshest words yet for Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, slamming the Texas senator on the day of his state’s primary.

“Well, first of all, in case anybody gets confused, I’m not endorsing Ted Cruz, I hate Ted Cruz, and I think I’ll take cyanide if he ever got the nomination,” King said to open his appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” prompting a mixture of laughs and mild exclamations from co-hosts.

The Republican has previously said that he’d “never” vote for Cruz and that New Yorkers considering it “should have their head examined.”

Obviously the problem here is that the cyanide will kill you just as effectively as any firing squad. This unavoidable problem didn’t prevent Lindsey Graham from becoming one of just two U.S. Senators to endorse Ted Cruz, however.

Rep. King voted for Kasich.

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Martin Longman is the web editor for the Washington Monthly. See all his writing at ProgressPond.com