Ex-Trump friend and Speaker John Boehner says former prez 'incited bloody Capitol riot for selfish political reasons'
FORMER House Speaker John Boehner has hit out at his ex-friend Donald Trump accusing him on inciting a "bloody insurrection" on the US Capitol for "selfish political reasons."
The former leading Republican slams the ex-president in a new book published next month, saying it was "painful" to watch the violent events at the Capitol on January 6.
Trump fired back at his former friend, blasting him as a RINO — short for "Republican in name only."
He suggested to the New York Times that Boehner was drunk when he wrote the book.
Boehner states in the book that Trump caused the violence with the "bulls**t he’d been shoveling" since losing "a fair election the previous November.”
He added that it "should have been a wake-up call for a return to Republican sanity.”
“Whatever they end up doing, or not doing, none of it will compare to one of the lowest points of American democracy that we lived through in January 2021," he writes in an excerpt published by the New York Times on Wednesday.
“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 continued.
Trump dismissed Boehner's comments in an emailed statement to the Times.
“Was he drinking when he made this statement? Just another RINO who couldn’t do the job!” he said.
The Hill notes that Boehner is a well-documented wine connoisseur.
He had posted a picture of himself drinking Merlot earlier this year while teasing his audiobook release.
Jason Miller, a spokesman for Mr. Trump, also told the Times that Boeher is a “Swamp Creature” and accused him of favoring “Communist China.”
Boehner served as the Republican House leader during the rise of the Freedom Caucus and Tea Party, between January 2011 to October 2015.
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