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Former Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner called Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz a “miserable son of a b*tch” and perhaps more stunningly, admitted he would not vote for Cruz in a match up with Hillary Clinton.
Speaking at Stanford University Wednesday night at an event hosted by Stanford in Government and the Stanford Speakers Bureau, Boehner went so far as to refer to the Texas lawmaker as “Lucifer.”
“Lucifer in the flesh,” he said, according to the Stanford Daily. “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I’ve never worked with a more miserable son of a b*tch in my life.”
It’s no secret the ex-Ohio lawmaker has little use for a conservative like Cruz after being forced out as speaker in an effort led by the Freedom Caucus, a congressional caucus consisting of conservative House Republicans. Boehner even called Cruz a “jackass” over the 2013 effort to defund Obamacare that resulted in a brief government shutdown.
As for Cruz’s rival Donald Trump, Boehner expressed surprise at his success and said he would vote for the Republican front-runner in the general election if he becomes the nominee.
In a move not helpful to the real estate tycoon’s “anti-establishment” image, Boehner said he and Trump were “texting buddies” and have played golf together.
Cruz wasted little time capitalizing on the opportunity:
Tell me again who will stand up to Washington? Trump, who's Boehner's "texting and golfing buddy," or Carly & me? https://t.co/qvYPSaTEV7
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 28, 2016
Boehner offered a measured dose of love for moderate GOP contender John Kasich, the governor of his home state.
“He requires more effort on my behalf than all my other friends,” he said. “But he’s still my friend and I love him.”
Boehner also shared with the audience his greatest accomplishment as a 25-year member of Congress.
“I think my proudest accomplishment is walking out of there the same jackass I was 25 years before,” he said.
Though, with an estimated net worth between $1.9 and $5.9 million, a little more affluent.
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