John Boehner on Ted Cruz

“I don’t beat anybody up, it’s not really my style, except for that jerk.”

At one point he told Ted Cruz to "go fuck yourself”

.politics
POLITICS PRESS GROUP

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Friday bashed former Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) for what he called “drunken, bloviated scorn” in the latest tit for tat between the two GOP figures. Cruz in a tweet responded to a clip from a “CBS Sunday Morning” interview scheduled to air this weekend in which Boehner said of Cruz, “I don’t beat anybody up, it’s not really my style, except for that jerk.”

“Perfect symbol, you know, of getting elected, making a lot of noise, draw a lot of attention to yourself, raise a lot of money, which means you’re gonna go make more noise, raise more money,” Boehner said in the interview.

“It’s really, it’s unfortunate,” he added to CBS’s John Dickerson.

Cruz shared the clip, writing, “The Swamp is unhappy. I wear with pride his drunken, bloviated scorn.”

“Please don’t cry,” the Texas senator added, referencing multiple instances from Boehner’s tenure in which the former Speaker became emotional in public.

Cruz had previously hit back at Boehner in February after Axios reported that the former GOP leader in the audio recording of his book, “On The House: A Washington Memoir,” went off-script multiple times and at one point told Cruz to "go fuck yourself.”

Boehner had tweeted a picture of himself holding a glass of wine while recording the book, writing, "Poured myself a glass of something nice to read my audiobook. You can blame the wine for the expletives.”

Cruz addressed the incident during his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Fla.

“You know yesterday, John Boehner made some news. He suggested that I do something that was anatomically impossible,” Cruz said at the time.

“To which my response was, 'Who’s John Boehner?'”

Boehner has levied several attacks against fellow Republicans and former colleagues in his book, which is scheduled for a Tuesday release. In the CBS clip released Friday, Boehner called both Cruz and Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan (R) “political terrorists.”

Boehner said of Jordan, a founding member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus: “I just never saw a guy who spent more time tearing things apart and never building anything, never putting anything together.”

Others have pushed back on Boehner’s remarks made in his book, including Fox News host Sean Hannity.

In an essay adapted from Boehner's memoir, published last week in Politico Magazine, Boehner recounted how relations between the two men broke down.

“We used to have a good relationship,” Boehner wrote about Hannity.

“But then he decided he felt like busting my ass every night on his show. So one day, in January of 2015, I finally called him and asked: 'What the hell?' I wanted to know why he kept bashing House Republicans when we were actually trying to stand up to Obama.”

Hannity responded on Twitter by calling Boehner “one of the worst Republican Speakers in history,” as well as “weak” and “timid.”

Read more

Liz Cheney seen as merely first victim of Donald Trump election attacks

Former President Trump's false charge that the election was stolen has rattled the core of the GOP, sparking a nasty clash over who commands the soul of the party. The baseless claims have launched a splinter group of disgruntled Republican officials; and toppled a conservative icon, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), who was ejected this week from the leadership ranks.

Elise Stefanik eventually voted in as House Republican's new No. 3 leader

Elise Stefanik cruised to victory in a vote to replace Liz Cheney as House Republicans' third-ranked leader, capping off a tumultuous month in the GOP conference sparked by its bitter divisions over Donald Trump. Stefanik won in a 134-46 secret-ballot vote, defeating her sole challenger Rep. Chip Roy of Texas — an unsurprising outcome after she aggressively campaigned for the No. 3 spot, scooping up endorsements from top party leaders and Trump. The 36-year-old New Yorker, known as a moderate turned Trump ally who's used her fundraising skills to help elect a new class of GOP women.

Marjorie Taylor Greene is ‘deeply unwell’ after 2019 video surfaces

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has said the Republican extremist Marjorie Taylor Greene has a “fixation” on progressive members of Congress, and warned that Greene’s behavior has “raised concerns” among Democrats. Greene, a Trump loyalist and a promoter of the QAnon conspiracy theory, was elected to the House in 2020, and has spent her first months in office harassing Ocasio-Cortez and other progressive Democrats.

Republicans removed Cheney from leadership role over Trump ‘big lie’ criticism

House Republicans voted quickly on Wednesday to remove Liz Cheney as their No. 3 leader over her repeated criticism of Donald Trump, a massive shakeup that ties the party tighter to Trump and threatens to create a new litmus test in the GOP. The fast-moving campaign to dump Cheney, Congress' highest-ranking Republican woman, and replace her with a Trump loyalist was orchestrated by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and his top deputies. The California Republican and his allies complained that Cheney’s constant readiness to call out Trump’s lies.