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John Boehner Describes Ted Cruz as ‘Lucifer in the Flesh’

Former House Speaker John A. Boehner added that he would not vote for the Texas Republican if he is the party’s presidential nominee

Alan Rappeport and Matt Flegenheimer for The New York Times report: Mr. Boehner, who resigned from Congress last year, said that he would vote for Donald J. Trump if he is nominated, according to a report in The Stanford Daily. The two men have played golf together over the years, and Mr. Boehner described them as “texting buddies.”

As for the other remaining presidential candidates, Mr. Boehner praised the sincerity of Senator Bernie Sanders and called Gov. John Kasich, a fellow Ohioan, a friend. While he praised Hillary Clinton’s intelligence he did suggest — as Mr. Trump has been doing recently — that she is playing the gender card in this election, according to the report.

“Oh I’m a woman, vote for me,” Mr. Boehner said, impersonating Mrs. Clinton.

However, he saved his harshest assessment for Mr. Cruz, who he has not forgiven for spearheading the 2013 government shutdown.

“I have Democrat friends and Republican friends,” Mr. Boehner told David Kennedy, an emeritus history professor, at the event. “I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”

When approached by the reporters, Cruz at first has tried to laugh it off and assumed that the former Speaker has set free his inner Trump. Nevertheless, later he and Carly Fiorina seized on the matter, claiming that Boehner represents all that is wrong with Washington and its lawmakers.

“If you are wondering who actually has stood up to Washington, then John Boehner has made it crystal clear,” Mr. Cruz said. “John Boehner in his remarks described Donald Trump as his texting and golfing buddy.”

 

By Stefan Paraber for GIA.

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