Former US House speaker John Boehner has let fly with a stunning critique of fellow Republican and presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, labeling him the devil incarnate.
“Lucifer in the flesh” is how the ever-blunt Republican heavyweight — who stepped down as speaker last year — described the Texas senator, who is struggling to block billionaire Donald Trump’s march to the Republican presidential nomination, according to the Stanford Daily newspaper.
“I have Democrat friends and Republican friends,” Boehner said. “I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”
In an audio recording of the stunning remarks played on a loop on US television on Thursday, Boehner is heard to add about Cruz: “Over my dead body will he be president.”
Boehner’s comments were made at a public talk late on Wednesday at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
Asked for his reaction on Thursday while campaigning in Indiana, Cruz said that Boehner “allowed his inner Trump to come out.”
Cruz is widely seen as one of the more intransigent members of the US Congress and critics on both sides of the aisle blame him for triggering a 16-day federal government shutdown in late 2013.
“When John Boehner calls me Lucifer, he’s not directing that at me. He’s directing that at you,” he said, alluding to his conservative supporters.
“What Boehner is angry with me for is standing with the American people, is energizing and encouraging House conservatives to stand with the American people and actually honor the commitments we have made,” he said.
For his part, Boehner rarely held back during his tenure as the top lawmaker in US Congress when frustrated or dissatisfied — especially on the subject of gridlock in Washington.
He said during the Stanford interview that he is “texting buddies” with Trump and has played golf with the brash billionaire for years.
Apparently feeling even more liberated since leaving office, he is taking aim at the senator who is seen as one of the chief instigators of gridlock on Capitol Hill and arguably one of the least popular members of US Congress.
Many of Cruz’s enemies — including some from his own Republican Party — were quick to line up with Boehner in showing their disdain for the ambitious Texas lawmaker, who has done little to endear himself to fellow lawmakers.
US Representative Charlie Dent, a Republican, said that as far as he was concerned, Boehner’s description of Cruz was just about right.
“All I can say is somebody should contact Lucifer for comment — he may be upset about these remarks,” he said.
Republican US Representative Peter King was even more cutting.
“I fully agree with John Boehner,” he said. “And maybe he gives Lucifer a bad name comparing him to Ted Cruz.”
Many Republicans will refuse to back him, even when faced with what many feel is the unpalatable alternative of getting Donald Trump as their presidential nominee, Dent said.
“I got to tell you, Ted Cruz created these problems,” he said.
“You reap what you sow and that’s part of the problem with this ‘Never Trump’ movement is that they really have to get behind an acceptable alternative,” Dent said. “And Ted Cruz is frankly not an acceptable alternative.”
EVOLVING SITUATION: Of the latest cases, 23 percent were found to be asymptomatic, but the coronavirus strain in Da Nang is more contagious, authorities said A COVID-19 outbreak that began in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang more than a week ago has spread to at least four city factories with a combined workforce of about 3,700, state media reported yesterday. Four cases were found at the plants in different industrial parks in the central city that collectively employ 77,000 people, the Lao Dong newspaper said. Vietnam, praised widely for its decisive measures to combat the novel coronavirus since it first appeared in late January, is battling new clusters of infection having gone for more than three months without detecting any domestic transmissions. Authorities yesterday reported one new
‘COVIDIOTS’: Politicians condemned the protest that came amid surging infections in the country, while a marcher said government-induced fear weakened the body Loudly chanting their opposition to masks and vaccines, thousands of people on Saturday gathered in Berlin to protest against COVID-19 restrictions before being dispersed by police. Police put turnout at about 20,000 — well below the 500,000 organizers had announced as they urged a “day of freedom” from months of virus curbs. Despite Germany’s comparatively low toll, authorities are concerned at a rise in infections over the past few weeks and politicians took to social media to criticize the rally as irresponsible. “We are the second wave,” shouted the crowd, a mixture of hard left and right and conspiracy theorists, as they converged
Three Micronesian sailors stranded on a remote Pacific island have been found alive and well after a rescue team spotted their giant SOS message written into the sand on a beach. Australian and US military aircraft found the three men on tiny Pikelot island, nearly 200km west of where they had set off. Rescuers said that the men were “in good condition” with no significant injuries. The men had been missing for three days after their 7m skiff ran out of fuel and strayed off course. Authorities in the US territory of Guam raised the alarm on Saturday after the men failed to complete
A cat that went missing on a family holiday on the shores of Loch Lomond, Scotland, has been identified 12 years later. Tortoiseshell-and-white Georgie spent October half term in 2008 with her owners at the Rowardennan campsite, but vanished as they were due to return home to Greater Manchester, England. After a search of the site the Davies family departed without Georgie, hoping the three-year-old microchipped feline would be located by someone. Over the intervening 12 years, she remained close to the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park site, being fed and cared for by campsite staff and holidaymakers. After the COVID-19 pandemic hit and lockdown