By Bronte Price, PoliticKING
Former Speaker of the House John Boehner didn’t hide his dislike of Ted Cruz during a talk at Stanford University on Wednesday, calling him “Lucifer in the flesh.” He added, “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”
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Wednesday was not the first time that Boehner has compared Cruz to “Lucifer.” He also made the comparison last month during a Q&A session with reporters at the Futures Industry Association conference in Boca Raton, Florida. Boehner has also recently called Cruz both a “jackass” and a “false prophet.” Speaking to John Dickerson on Face The Nation, Boehner insisted, “The Bible says, beware of false prophets.”
In contrast to his remarks on Cruz, Boehner speaks more favorably of Donald Trump. The two have golfed together for years and Boehner says they are “texting buddies.” Cruz referenced this remark while campaigning on Thursday.
“If you want someone that’s a texting and golfing buddy, if you’re happy with John Boehner as speaker of the House and you want a president like John Boehner, Donald Trump’s your man,” Cruz told reporters during a stop in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Cruz has maintained that he never “worked with” Boehner, and in response to being called Lucifer, Cruz said that Boehner had “allowed his inner Trump to come out.”
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Cruz has also been in the headlines recently for his decision to choose Carly Fiorina as his running mate. The move came a day after Donald Trump unexpectedly swept all five East Coast states in Tuesday’s primary. Cruz is currently trailing by about 400 delegates and failed to win more than 25 percent of the vote in any state on Tuesday.
The New York Times equated Cruz’s latest move to name Fiorina as his running mate to a student pulling a fire alarm in order to avoid an exam. “It was certain to draw attention and carried the possibility of meeting its immediate goal, but seemed unlikely to forestall the eventual reckoning,” The New York Times wrote.
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