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The feud between Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and former Republican House Speaker John Boehner continues.
Boehner told CBS News that he singled Cruz out, calling him “dangerous” and a “reckless a–hole,” in his forthcoming book because Cruz had amplified divisions within the GOP House caucus.
Boehner, an Ohio Republican who served as House speaker from 2011-2015, has been making the interview rounds promoting his book.
“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 in my own caucus to cause all kinds of problems,” Boehner said of Cruz during a Monday morning interview. “And that’s probably why I zeroed in on him — probably the only person in this book — in the way that I did.”
He added, “As I say in the book, there’s nothing worse than a reckless jackass who thinks he’s smarter than everybody else.”
Boehner writes that Cruz was the “head lunatic” leading “the chaos caucus in the House” of Tea Party members and right-wingers more focused on appearing on right-wing media and escalating “outrage” news cycles to drive campaign donations than passing legislation in Washington. In the audiobook of his memoir, Boehner added an unscripted, “PS, Ted Cruz, go f— yourself.”
Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) says he “zeroed in” on Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in his new book because he had been “stirring up some of the crazies of my own caucus.” pic.twitter.com/xzqzIxegLG
— The Recount (@therecount) April 12, 2021
While speaking with The Daily Caller over the weekend, Cruz responded to Boehner telling him to “go f**k yourself.”
Cruz responded with a zinger about Boehner’s penchant for liquor and then raked the former politician over the coals.
“I think he was probably recording at nine or ten in the morning so obviously he had too much wine that day already,” Cruz told the Daily Caller on Saturday. “This guy is a little unhinged.”
Cruz on Saturday noted that the “lead insult on the back on the back of the book is a different insult he directed at me.”
“He seems to have a bit of an obsession,” Cruz said.
Asked whether he planned to write a book about Boehner in response, Cruz said plainly, “I don’t anticipate writing a fortune cookie about him.”
Cruz also fired off a tweet last week in response to Boehner’s criticism, calling the former Speaker “the Swamp” and said he’s proud to receive his “drunken, bloviated scorn.”
“The Swamp is unhappy. I wear with pride his drunken, bloviated scorn. Please don’t cry,” Cruz tweeted.
The Swamp is unhappy.
I wear with pride his drunken, bloviated scorn.
Please don’t cry. https://t.co/c90Ve2EOGq
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 9, 2021
Boehner was pretty ineffective in Congress.
He didn’t do much of anything about Obamacare or the Iran deal.
He knew he was in disfavor by many in his own party and that is partly why he resigned.
Of course, he did have some good reasons to be disgusted with the Republican Party, but now he’s clearly trashing the party so he can use the liberal media to help him sell his new book.