And he shared the harsh view of former President Donald Trump, writing that he was glad to leave office before Trump took office.
Here are five key takeaways from Boehner̵7;s book, picked up by CNN ahead of its release next week:
“He claimed to defraud voters without any evidence and made repeated claims by taking advantage of the trust his supporters put in him and eventually betraying that trust.” Boehner wrote.
In another message, Boehner wrote, “Trump’s refusal to accept the outcome of the Trump election is not just a matter of fact. But it only cost Republicans in the Senate. But also leads to the violence of the group. “
Sharp reviews of the tea party’s key figures
Boehner’s book is a dialogue tour of his rise as a congressman throwing bombs into the house, his growth in a leadership role with advisors such as former President Gerald Ford’s contact. With both McConnell and Democratic leaders, and his frustrations with a tea-generation Conservative Party, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and two former House members and Trump’s chief of staff, Mick Malva. Ney and Mark Meadows
“If I hadn’t learned Jerry Ford’s wisdom about the house early in my career there, I’d probably spend a few things as a prairie / mulwani type of field bomb throwback. Jersey ** before it burns and goes home Those choices were enough to make me sick, ”Boehner wrote.
He proposed his most radical assessment of Cruz, which he said made it difficult to work as a speaker in early 2010.
“Under Crazytown’s new rules, I might be a Speaker, but I didn’t hold all the power. By 2013, the tumultuous congress in the House had built up its own power base by mocking the right-wing media and driven by outrage. Funding cash, and now they have a new crazy boss to lead, who is not a councilor, there is nothing more dangerous than a daredevil ** who thinks he’s smarter than everyone else meets Senator Ted Cruz, “Boehner wrote.
When Don held a knife to his throat
Boehner told the well-worn Washington story, including saying that Alaska Representative Don Young pulled a 10-inch knife and held it over his neck, just off the homegrown after Boehner spoke the attack. Ear muff
“” Don’t you do that again, “he roared,” Bohner wrote, looking young. “Right square in his eyes and say, ‘F *** you.'”
He wrote that he told Senate Democrat Harry Reid. “To meet myself” at a conference at the White House after Reid – in what Boehner described as a deliberate attempt to convince the House Conservatives to go crazy – called home the “dictatorship of the speakers”.
“The speech was aimed at the crazy people in the house – he was trying to make them more and more worse my position, so when I saw him at the White House the next day, talking quietly with Mitch. McConnell before the meeting I walked over and looked at Red’s face and said, ‘Are you still listening to everything that comes out of your mouth? You can go fuck yourself,’ ‘Bohner wrote.
Kudos to both DC veterans.
Boehner largely praised Washington’s dignitaries in both political parties, many of whom have died, including former MPs. Massachusetts Democrat Ted Kennedy, former Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona. (Which he said he loved (2008) and former Michigan Democratic Representative John Dingell.
He referred to President Joe Biden at times as “Uncle Joe” and wrote that Biden had hedged last minute on their deal to make it easier to stand a standing ovation during Obama’s State of the Union.
He also offered a back-drop compliment to Vermont’s independent Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“The thing about Bernie is that he is probably the most honest person who ever served as president. We came together in Congress and I can tell you he truly believes all the crazy people. Said so he might be a crazy person. But at least he’s not cynical – and non-cynical politicians are rare, no matter how you slice them up, ”wrote Boehner.
Boehner’s relationship with Trump
Boehner wrote that the two were first known to play golf before Trump got into politics.
“He would call me quite often when he took office for advice or the first conversation. I was never afraid to tell him when I thought he was wrong and to encourage him when he did it right. But fewer and fewer calls came in as he continued in his office, probably because he was more comfortable with the job. But I wonder if he’s tired of suggesting him shut up, ”Boehner wrote.
He said he was happy to leave office before Trump became president.
“I retired when Donald Trump was appointed the forty-fifth president of our country. That was fine for me because I wasn’t sure I was a Republican member he created. Up, ”Bohner wrote.
CNN’s Dan Merica, Caroline Kelly, Lauren Dezenski, Clare Foran, Ethan Cohen, Alex Rogers, Jason Hoffman and Terence Burlij contributed to this report.