Former speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is blaming the ex President TrumpDonald TrumpYelp Creates Tool to Help Support Asian-Owned Businesses Ship Linked to Iran’s Espionage Attacked at Sea Biden Exceeds Vaccine Expectations – So Far MORE for the deadly January 6 riots in the United States Capitol, saying it angered the crowd into committing violence for “selfish” political reasons.
“Whatever they end up doing or not doing, none of that will compare to one of the lowest points of American democracy we experienced in January 2021.” BoehnerJohn Andrew Boehner Five Ways A Dark Senate Ruling Could Change Washington MSNBC Host: Boehner Going After ‘Crazy’ Republicans Is Now ‘Too Little, Too Late’ Sean Hannity Responds To Former Speaker Boehner: ‘What About all of John’s crying? ‘ PLUS wrote in a new book to be published this month, the excerpts of which were obtained by The New York Times.
The former president also wrote that Trump “incited that bloody insurrection for nothing more than selfish reasons, perpetuated by the shit that he had been paddling since he lost a fair election the previous November.”
Boehner said it was “painful” for him to see what happened on Capitol Hill on January 6 and that the incident “should have been a wake-up call to return to Republican sanity.”
The former president wrote that Trump’s refusal to accept the outcome of the 2020 presidential election “not only cost Republicans the Senate, but provoked violence from mobs.”
“I admit that I was not prepared for what came after the elections: Trump refused to accept the results and fanned the flames of the conspiracy that turned into violence in the seat of our democracy, the building that I once presided over,” he said Boehner. wrote.
In a statement to the Times, Trump called Boehner a RINO (short for “Republican in name only”) and suggested he was drunk when he was writing his book. In sparking the release of his audiobook earlier this year, Boehner, a well-documented wine connoisseur, posted a photograph of him drinking merlot while recording.
“Were you drinking when you made this statement?” Trump, who doesn’t drink, asked. “Just another RINO who couldn’t get the job done!”
In an essay adapted from his book that was published by Politico magazine Friday, Boehner defended former President Obama against criticism that he did not work hard enough to reach a bipartisan consensus with Republicans during his tenure.
“How do you find common cause with people who think you are a secret Muslim traitor from Kenya?” asked the former spokesperson.
Boehner also attacked top Tea Party members, whom he has referred to as “legislative terrorists,” and Fox News for peddling what he called false outrage and stoking political divisions on the right.
“Some of the people involved didn’t surprise me in the least,” Boehner said of January 6 and the resulting rhetoric from Republicans around electoral security and the Capitol riots. terrorism.”