Cruz: 'When Boehner Calls Me Lucifer, He's Directing That at Americans'
During a forum at Stanford University on Wednesday night, former House Speaker John Boehner called Senator Ted Cruz "Lucifer in the flesh" and a "miserable son of a bitch," while praising Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.
Boehner stepped down from the speakership last fall amid intense pressure from conservatives in his own party who were in open revolt because they weren't happy with the actions coming out of Congress. Instead they were seeing the reneging of promises and backdoor deals for policies they disagreed with.
Ironically, the same frustration with government that led to Boehner's demise has also led to the incredible rise of Donald Trump, Boehner's golfing and texting buddy.
The irony of this wasn't lost on Cruz, who swung back hard at the meatball Boehner threw at him at Stanford.
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
Cruz elaborated on his point during a press conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana, today: "If you like what John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have done, Donald Trump is your guy," he said with Carly Fiorina at his side. The Texas senator went on to express surprise that Boehner claimed he was the worst S.O.B he had ever worked with.
"I've never worked with John Boehner," Cruz said matter-of-factly. "Truth of the matter is, I don't know the man. I've met John Boehner two or three times in my life." Cruz insisted that he has said maybe "50 words to John Boehner" in his entire life and all of them have consisted of pleasantries. He added, "I've never had a substantive conversation with John Boehner in any respect."
Cruz went on to claim something that is not widely known.