'Unemployed' Trump 'has nothing else to do' but 'cause trouble'
Former Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Monday said the "unemployed" former President Trump has nothing better to do than stir up trouble following his departure from Washington. "Here's a guy who's unemployed, has nothing else to do but cause trouble. And clearly, it's obvious to me that he's not going away," Boehner said on "The View."
Boehner was asked by co-host Sara Haines when the GOP "wake-up call" was coming, given that many current elected Republican officials refuse to condemn the former president's false claims about 2020 election fraud which Trump repeated at a gathering of Republican National Committee (RNC) officials over the weekend.
"The president abused the loyalty and the trust that voters had placed in him by perpetuating this noise," Boehner said, adding that it was one of "the sadder things I’ve seen in the last 40 years in politics.”
Boehner's Monday salvo is just the latest pointed criticism he has levied at Trump as he promotes his new book, "On the House: A Washington Memoir." He has told reporters that he felt compelled to speak out following the assault on the U.S. Capitol in January.
Trump’s “refusal to accept the result of the election not only cost Republicans the Senate but led to mob violence. ... It was painful to watch,” the former speaker wrote in the book, according to excerpts published by The New York Times.
“I’ll admit I wasn’t prepared for what came after the election — Trump refusing to accept the results and stoking the flames of conspiracy that turned into violence in the seat of our democracy, the building over which I once presided," he reportedly continued in the book.
Co-host Meghan McCain tried her best to tee up John Boehner for an attack on President Joe Biden. He refused to take the bait.
“I’m worried we’re headed towards the most divided time in our nation,” McCain told Boehner, “President Biden has promised to usher in a new era of bipartisanship. So far he’s issued more than 50 executive orders and chosen to go it alone on issues like the stimulus. You said that President Obama never made reaching across the aisle a priority, is Biden continuing the tradition?”
Instead of playing into that narrative, Boehner immediately shut her down, saying, “Well, listen, Joe Biden’s a good guy.” He called Biden a “traditional Democrat” who is just trying to “hold his party together” amidst a “skirmish” between progressive and moderate factions.
“He’s got a very difficult job in his party these days, he’s got a very difficult job as it is being president,” Boehner added.
“But I’m hopeful that here in the coming weeks we’ll see President Biden reaching out. I worked with him for 30 years. I know this guy inside and out. There isn’t a thing in the world that Joe Biden and I couldn’t work out together. It wouldn’t be everything I wanted. It certainly wouldn’t be everything he wanted. But we could have found enough common ground to do some good things on behalf of the American people.”
The question, of course, is whether Biden will be able to find that type of “common ground” with the current Republican leadership that Boehner is far less hesitant to criticize in his new book.
Asked on Monday to elaborate on his disdain for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Boehner said, “Well, this guy was not even a member of the U.S. House. He’s a member of the Senate. He’s coming over to the House side of the Capitol, stirring up some of my knuckleheads and pushing them to do things that were about the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. And he’s not even a member of our caucus!
“I’ve never quite seen anything happen before or since like the activities of Ted Cruz,” he added. “You know, I don’t really beat up too many people in this book, except one: Ted Cruz, Lucifer in the flesh.”
“Ooooh, yes!” Whoopi Goldberg replied enthusiastically.
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