Washington Insider John Boehner Calls Ted Cruz ‘Lucifer,’ Rush Limbaugh and Cruz Respond
The former Republican Speaker also calls Hillary Clinton "smart and accomplished."
Former Speaker of the House John Boehner called Texas Senator and Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz “Lucifer in the Flesh.” Boehner made the devilish comment while discussing the current presidential candidates at a Stanford University event Wednesday night. “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends,” said Boehner, “I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a ***** in my life.”
That was news to Cruz, who told reporters he’s “never worked” with Boehner, and only met him “two or three times.”
“Truth of the matter is I don’t know the man,” said the GOP candidate, adding that “Boehner’s comments reveal everything that is wrong with Washington.”
Boehner’s hostility toward Cruz may stretch back to the former Speaker’s days dealing with the Obama administration. According to The Hill, Boehner became angry in 2013 when Cruz met with members of the Freedom Caucus in an attempt to defund Obamacare, which eventually led to a government shutdown that Boehner believed gave the GOP a black eye. In his Stanford talk, Boehner called the conservative Freedom Caucus “knuckleheads” and “goofballs.”
Being called “Lucifer” by the ultimate Washington insider may not turn out to be such a bad thing for Sen. Cruz. As Rush Limbaugh said, “Ted Cruz just got the best endorsement he could ever get.”
In the interview, Boehner described the other presidential candidates as friends, reports The Stanford Daily, and said that he and Trump are “texting buddies” and that the two have golfed together for years. Trump, he said, would have his vote in the general election. Cruz, however, would not, even against Hillary Clinton, whom he called smart and accomplished.
Ted Cruz’s first response to Boehner’s remarks came via Twitter:
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