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Former Speaker of the House John Boehner spoke with David M. Kennedy, history professor emeritus, yesterday evening
“Lucifer in the flesh”
“I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a b—h in my life.”
– John Boehner
“Tell me again who will stand up to Washington? Trump, who’s Boehner’s “texting and golfing buddy,” or Carly & me?”
– Ted Cruz
No suprise, former speaker John Boehner does no have a positive view of the Ted Cruz presidential bid. After their skirmishes in washington, John Boehner isn’t exactly Ted Cruz’s biggest fan.
The former Speaker of the House candidly talked about the presidential hopeful during a Wednesday talk at Stanford University, and his opinion of the Texas Senator accused of being the Zodiac Killer is less than stellar.
“Lucifer in the flesh,” Boehner said, according to the Stanford Daily. “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a b—h in my life.”
House Speaker John Boehner called Ted Cruz (right) “Lucifer in the flesh” Wednesday
Boehner, surprising no one with his blunt insults, said he wouldn’t vote for Cruz, in the off-chance the candidate becomes the republican nominee. He will, however, happily vote for Donald Trump: He is “texting buddies” with the billionaire businessman and the pair have golfed together for years, he said.
Cruz fired back at the former speaker Thursday.
“Tell me again who will stand up to Washington? Trump, who’s Boehner’s “texting and golfing buddy,” or Carly & me?” he tweeted a day after he named ex-tech boss Carly Fiorina as his running mate.
Boehner also touched on the rest of the 2016 candidates during the Wednesday night talk. He has soft spot for the third Republican still in the race, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, he said.
“[Kasich] requires more effort on my behalf than all my other friends,” he said without elaborating on what that means. “But he’s still my friend, and I love him.”
Speaking on GOP unity during his time in congress, Boehner frequently referenced the Freedom Caucus as the “knuckleheads” and “goofballs” in Congress, but when it came to the Democrats in Congress, Boehner asserted that both parties have their own inner-divisions.
“The thing that’s different about Republicans and Democrats is that [Democrats] do their fights behind closed doors,” the former speaker said. “Republicans are way too independent for that.”
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Republican U.S. presidential candidate Ted Cruz holds a campaign rally to announce Carly Fiorina as his running mate in Indianapolis, Indiana
The former speaker of the house said Ted Cruz is a “miserable son of a b—h.”
Boehner said he expected Trump to clench the Republican nomination, despite speculation that a contested convention could yield an unlikely candidate.
And don’t rule out the possibility of an upset in the Democratic field either, the former Speaker warned. While Hillary Clinton will likely secure her party’s nomination, there’s always a chance of last-minute surprises, especially from Vice President Joe Biden.
“Don’t be shocked … if two weeks before the convention, here comes Joe Biden parachuting in and Barack Obama fanning the flames to make it all happen,” Boehner said, according to the newspaper.