Boehner book excerpt accuses Trump of inciting “bloody insurrection”

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Former House Speaker John Boehner continued his attacks on the modern Republican Party in a new book excerpt obtained the New York Times, accusing former President Trump of inciting “that bloody insurrection for nothing more than selfish reasons.”

Why it matters: Boehner joins Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), House GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and other current or former members of the GOP establishment who have directly accused the most popular Republican in the party of inciting the violence of Jan. 6.

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What they’re saying: “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,” Boehner writes, according to the Times.

  • “Watching it was scary, and sad. 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.”

  • Boehner goes on to write that Trump “incited that bloody insurrection for nothing more than selfish reasons, perpetuated by the bullshit he’d been shoveling since he lost a fair election the previous November. … He claimed voter fraud without any evidence, and repeated those claims, taking advantage of the trust placed in him by his supporters and ultimately betraying that trust.”

  • In a nod to what he has famously labeled Trump ally Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Boehner addresses members of Congress involved in pushing Trump’s false claims about the election: “Some of the people involved did not surprise me in the least. The legislative terrorism that I’d witnessed as speaker had now encouraged actual terrorism.”

The big picture: Boehner, who retired from Congress in 2015, has routinely been critical of Trump over the past several years, but the comments in his book — titled “On the House: A Washington Memoir” — take it a step further.

  • The former speaker has also used the forthcoming book to tear into right-wing media and what he calls the GOP’s “crazy caucus,” targeting Sen. Ted Cruz, Fox News’ Sean Hannity, and former Rep. Michele Bachmann, among others.

  • Boehner went off script while recording the audio version of the memoir, using expletives and asides not in the book — including saying at one point, “Oh, and Ted Cruz, go f**k yourself.”

The other side: Trump spokesman Jason Miller told the Times that Boehner is a “Swamp Creature” who favors “Communist China.” In a follow-up statement to the Times by Trump himself, the former president said: “Was [Boehner] drinking when he made this statement? Just another RINO who couldn’t do the job!”

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