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Ex-GOP House Speaker John Boehner Slams Ted Cruz for ‘Stirring Up’ the ‘Crazies’

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Former GOP Speaker of the House John Boehner took aim at Senator Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, for “stirring up some of the crazies” in the House Republican caucus while Boehner led the legislative chamber under former President Barack Obama.

Boehner’s new book, On the House: A Washington Memoir, will be released on Tuesday and has already drawn controversy due to the former Republican leader’s criticism of fellow GOP politicians and Democrats alike. In particular, Boehner’s book left some of its most stinging criticism for Cruz. The former GOP House Speaker commented on his disapproval of Cruz further during an interview with CBS This Morning on Monday.

“This guy wasn’t even a member of the United States House of Representatives. He was a member of the Senate, stirring up some of the crazies of my own caucus to cause all kinds of problems,” Boehner said. “And that’s probably why I zeroed in on him, probably the only person in this book in the way that I did.”

“As I say in the book, there’s nothing worse than a reckless jackass who thinks he’s smarter than everybody else,” he added.

Former House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio stands for the pledge of allegiance during a ceremony to unveil a portrait in his honor at the U.S. Capitol on November 19, 2019. “[Ted Cruz] was a member of the Senate, stirring up some of the crazies of my own caucus to cause all kinds of problems,” Boehner told CBS on Monday.
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The former congressman also wrote about his tensions with former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. Boehner described Reid as a “ruthless bastard” and recounted one instance when he confronted his Democratic colleague and told him, “You can go f*** yourself.”

Reid responded to Boehner’s remarks in a CNN interview on Saturday. “The deal is this: John Boehner and I got a lot done, but we didn’t mince words,” the former Democratic lawmaker said.

Boehner represented Ohio’s 8th Congressional District from 1991 to 2015. He served as Speaker of the House from 2011 to 2015.

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