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John Boehner Calling Ted Cruz ‘Lucifer In The Flesh’ Is Hardly The Worst Thing Someone Has Said About Ted Cruz

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John Boehner Calling Ted Cruz ‘Lucifer In The Flesh’ Is Hardly The Worst Thing Someone Has Said About Ted Cruz

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (not pictured) speak to reporters at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington October 7, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Former House Speaker John Boehner called Ted Cruz “Lucifer in the flesh” Wednesday, and made clear he would never vote for the presidential candidate in a general election.

Boehner has never hidden his deep dislike of Cruz, but his comments at a Stanford University gathering went farther than any he has made before about the Texas Senator.

“Lucifer in the flesh,” Boehner said, according to an article in the Stanford Daily. “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost anyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”

In response, Cruz told reporters Thursday Boehner “allowed his inner Trump to come out.”

“The interesting thing is I’ve never worked with John Boehner, I don’t know the man,” Cruz said. “Indeed, during the government shut down, I reached out to John Boehner, to work with him to get something meaningful done. He said, ‘I have no interest in talking to you.'”

The former speaker is only one of many, ranging from his congressional colleagues to former Princeton roommates, who have spoken ill of Cruz, widely regarded as one of the most disliked members of Congress.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, said in a televised broadcast earlier this year that if “you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you.”

Rep. Peter King of New York said Thursday on CNN that maybe Boehner “gives Lucifer a bad name by comparing him to Ted Cruz.”

“Listen, what John Boehner was most concerned about was Ted Cruz perpetrated a fraud and a hoax when he brought about the shutdown of the government on some kind of a vague promise that he was gonna be able to take Obamacare out of the budget or to end Obamacare,” Rep. King said.

Cruz’s former Princeton roommate, screenwriter Craig Mazin, regularly tweets about the year he shared a room with Cruz, none of it flattering. One tweet described Cruz as a “nightmare of a human being.

Mazin told the Daily Beast in 2013 he would “rather have anybody else be the President of the United States.”

Boehner’s dislike, even hatred, of Cruz can be traced to the Texas Senator’s two attempts to shut down the government, first in 2013 over Obamacare, then again last year over cutting off federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

Cruz led those pushing for a shutdown, mostly members of the Tea Party-oriented House Freedom Caucus. Boehner described them in his talk with history professor David M. Kennedy as “knuckleheads” and “goofballs.” Boehner’s office confirmed the authenticity of the report and quotes.

Boehner was encouraged to speak frankly as he was assured the talk was not going to be filmed or broadcast.

The former speaker vowed he would not vote for Cruz in November, and that he will vote for Trump if he is the Republican nominee.

During the talk, hosted by Stanford in Government (SIG) and the Stanford Speakers Bureau, Boehner also spoke of Hillary Clinton, initially in somewhat disparaging terms.

Boehner is reported to have mimicked Clinton and is quoted as saying, “Oh I’m a woman, vote for me.” He then praised her as accomplished and smart.

He told the crowd not to be shocked if they saw “Joe Biden parachuting in” should Clinton’s emails became a larger scandal ahead of the Democratic National Convention.

“Don’t be shocked … if two weeks before the convention, here comes Joe Biden parachuting in and Barack Obama fanning the flames to make it all happen,” Boehner said.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (not pictured) speak to reporters at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington October 7, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Cameron 



  1. 1standlastword April 28, 2016

    And the convention delegates–we are supposed to imagine, will line up with Cruz against Trump. The GOP is clearly beyond doubt one phucked up enterprise!!!!

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      1. jmprint April 29, 2016

        Please go away.

        1. Irishgrammy April 29, 2016

          Agree, you know this idiot sent this crap as a “reply” through Disqus. I mean really………why won’t TNM put a stop to this stupidity and just block or eliminate these posts immediately!

    2. plc97477 April 29, 2016

      Right and for those of us who enjoy watching the gotp go belly up it has been fun to watch. I am not much for watching train wrecks but this one is great.

  2. Diane Henry April 28, 2016

    I thought that was the worst insult that Lucifer has received in centuries. I would like to think that even Lucifer would be offended. Lucifer would probably be like, “Whoa dude! I may be the devil but, I am no where near that evil! That is insulting! Any Ted Cruz comparisons are offensive and wrong! I DEMAND an apology!”

  3. yabbed April 29, 2016

    Republicans are stuck. They don’t like Trump and they despise Cruz. Maybe that’s why a poll this week showed 20% of Republicans already determined to vote for Hillary.

  4. CrankyToo April 29, 2016

    “The former speaker vowed he would not vote for Cruz in November, and
    that he will vote for Trump if he is the Republican nominee.”

    Damn, Tan Man! You finally said something sensible and then, in the same breath, you phucked it all up by saying something stupid again. If you had half a brain, you’d do what most of us are going to do in November – vote Democrat!

  5. Irishgrammy April 29, 2016

    It might be a hoot to listen to Boehner “relieve” his inner frustrations he has with Cruz and most would have to agree, Cruz is a colossal egomaniacal, pompous narcissistic demagogue constantly looking for the spot light! However, so much of what is being used by both Cruz and Trump in this election season could have been prevented had Boehner had the courage and foresight to bring the Immigration Bill passed by the Senate up for a vote in the House, and it would have passed easily with Democratic votes and some “normal” Republicans….but instead he was cowed by the inappropriately named, “House Freedom Caucus” and frankly Boehner continued being intimidated and bullied by these far right wing nut jobs his entire tenure to the point of earning the well deserved title of the most ineffective Leader of the House ever, with the most dysfunctional Congress ever, an absolute failure of a man, and it didn’t need to happen had he stood up to these fewer than 80 Tea Party idiots from the get go…….WE wouldn’t have to listen ad nauseam to the insufferable hate and bigotry from Trump and the ultimate anger and violence stemming from Trumps divisive rallies as he spews his hate, scapegoated rage and xenophobia shown on full display along with Trump’s threats towards immigrants and with his BS of “building a wall”…..I have no sympathy for Boehner, not even a little bit, but his inaction and complete lack of any success during his time in the House has done one thing and one thing for certain that most Liberals and minorities have know for decades, certainly since Reagan……the Republican Party is now owned outright by racists and bigots and they are out and proud or as Trump likes to put it “not being politically correct”…..it certainly has made it unambiguous and out there right in your face and it’s ugly as sin, thoroughly destructive and volatile with yet unforeseen consequences……what a depressing mess!

    1. CrankyToo April 29, 2016

      That’s a great analysis!


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