The White House just agreed with John Boehner. Yes, you read that right, as in President Obama‘s White House.
According to Press Secretary Josh Earnest, they don’t know if Boehner (R), the former Speaker of the House, was trying to attack Cruz, or be helpful, but they are sure of one thing: Boehner was just telling his truth.
Josh Earnest, the White House spokesperson, said Thursday:
I don’t know that he was trying to be helpful or harmful, I think he was just looking to be honest about his own view.
Boehner had described Cruz as a “miserable son of a b*tch” during a visit to Stanford University, and he didn’t stop there. He also called Cruz, “Lucifer in the flesh.” That is pretty strong wording from a Christian, but he is just being honest — according to the White House.
During his appearance, Boehner stressed that his hatred of Cruz wasn’t political:
I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.
Considering that Boehner “worked” with basically the entire Tea Party, one of the most reprehensibly stubborn, unrealistic, difficult groups in politics today — that is saying something. Boehner’s sudden resignation and exit from politics due to the difficulty of working with his own party shocked many. The constant head butting with Cruz, including during the 2013 government shutdown probably didn’t help Boehner’s opinion of him, either.
When asked about President Obama’s opinion on whether the scathing comments made by Boehner were appropriate, Earnest made it clear that this is “GOP on GOP” violence, and as such not something the President of the United States was going to dignify with a personal response.
I think if you’re looking for somebody to come to the defense of one Republican being attacked by another, you should probably ask someone else
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