And he shares a harsh view of former President Donald Trump, writing that he was glad to have left workplace earlier than Trump was inaugurated.
Here are 5 takeaways from Boehner’s book, which was obtained by NCS forward of its launch subsequent week:
“He claimed voter fraud without any evidence, and repeated those claims, taking advantage of the trust placed in him by his supporters and ultimately betraying that trust,” Boehner wrote.
In one other passage, Boehner writes Trump’s “refusal to accept the result of the election not only cost Republicans the Senate but led to mob violence.”
Sharp criticism of Tea Party figures
Boehner’s book is a conversational tour via his rise as a bomb-throwing congressman taking over grift within the House, his progress right into a management function with mentors equivalent to former President Gerald Ford, his dealings with each McConnell and Democratic leaders and his frustrations with a tea occasion era of conservatives together with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and two former House members and Trump chiefs of workers: Mick Mulvaney and Mark Meadows.
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He provides his harshest evaluation of Cruz, who he stated made functioning as speaker tough within the early 2010s.
“Under the new rules of Crazytown, I may have been Speaker, but I didn’t hold all the power. By 2013 the chaos caucus in the House had built up their own power base thanks to fawning right-wing media and outrage-driven fundraising cash. And now they had a new head lunatic leading the way, who wasn’t even a House member. There is nothing more dangerous than a reckless a**hole who thinks he is smarter than everyone else. Ladies and gentleman, meet Senator Ted Cruz,” Boehner writes.
The time Don Young held a knife to his throat
Boehner tells some well-worn Washington tales, together with saying that Alaska Rep. Don Young had pulled a 10-inch knife and held it to his throat simply off the House flooring after a Boehner speech attacking earmarks.
“‘Don’t you ever do that again,’ he growled,” Boehner wrote, including that he responded by wanting Young “right square in his eyes and said, ‘F*** you.'”
He writes that he informed then-Senate Democratic chief Harry Reid to “go f*** yourself” at a gathering on the White House, after Reid — in what Boehner characterised as an intentional effort to whip House conservatives right into a frenzy — referred to as the House “a dictatorship of the Speaker.”
“The speech was aimed right at the House crazies — he was trying to gin them up even more and make my position even worse. So when I saw him at the White House the next day, talking quietly with Mitch McConnell before the meeting, I went over, got in Reid’s face and said, ‘Do you even listen to all that s*** that comes out of your mouth? You can go f*** yourself,'” Boehner writes.
Praise for DC veterans in each events
Boehner largely praises long-time Washington figures in each political events, a lot of whom have died, together with former Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy, former Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain (whom he says he loves, however faults for selecting “one of the chief crazies as his running mate” in 2008) and former Michigan Democratic Rep. John Dingell.
He refers to President Joe Biden at instances as “Uncle Joe” and writes that Biden as soon as hedged on the final minute on their deal to take it straightforward on the standing ovations throughout Obama’s State of the Union.
He even provides back-handed reward for Vermont impartial Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“The thing about Bernie, by the way, is that he is probably the most honest person to ever run for president, ever. We came into Congress together, and I can tell you, he genuinely believes all the crazy s*** he says. So he may be nuts, but at least he’s not cynical — and a non-cynical politician is rare no matter how you slice it,” Boehner writes.
Boehner’s relationship with Trump
Boehner writes that the 2 first bought to know one another taking part in golf earlier than Trump entered politics.
“He would call me fairly often when he first took office for advice or conversation. I was never afraid to tell him when I thought he got it wrong, and give him encouragement when he got it right. But the calls came in less and less as his tenure went on. That’s probably because he got more comfortable in the job. But I also suspect he just got tired of me advising him to shut up,” Boehner writes.
He says he was glad to have left workplace earlier than Trump turned president.
“I was out of office when Donald Trump was inaugurated as our nation’s forty-fifth president. That was fine by me because I’m not sure I belonged to the Republican Party he created,” Boehner writes.
NCS’s Dan Merica, Caroline Kelly, Lauren Dezenski, Clare Foran, Ethan Cohen, Alex Rogers, Jason Hoffman and Terence Burlij contributed to this report.