- Former Republican House Speaker John Boehner has been making headlines for attacking the “crazies” and “political terrorists” in his own party.
- While Boehner says Trump is a leader and product of this “chaos,” the former Ohio lawmaker voted for four more years of him.
- “I thought that his policies, by and large, mirrored the policies that I believed in,” Boehner told Time of Trump.
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Former Republican House Speaker John Boehner has been making headlines recently for skewering the right wing of his own party in his newly-released memoir.
Boehner argues in “On the House: A Washington Memoir” that the GOP is full of “crazies” and “political terrorists” more intent on “making noise” than legislating. He counts former President Donald Trump as a leader and product of that “chaos.” But the former Ohio lawmaker revealed this week that, despite all that, he cast his 2020 ballot for Trump.
“Donald Trump is a product of the chaos we’ve seen in our political process over the last 10 or 12 years,” he told Time in an interview published Tuesday.
But, he added, “I thought that his policies, by and large, mirrored the policies that I believed in.”
Boehner went on, “I thought the choices for the Supreme Court were top notch. At the end of the day, who gets nominated to the federal courts is really the most important thing a president does.”
Both in his book and during a series of interviews, Boehner has strongly condemned Trump’s lies about the 2020 election, which the former president and many of his allies falsely claim was rife with voter fraud and “rigged” by Democrats. And he pointed out that Trump claimed even before the November election that he could only lose reelection if the results were fraudulent.
“I watched before the election hearing the president talk about how the election was going to be stolen from him,” Boehner told The View on Monday. “Unfortunately, I never saw any facts and I don’t think the American people ever saw any facts. And the saddest part of this, beyond the fact that the riot did occur at the Capitol, is that the president abused the loyalty and the trust that voters had placed in him by perpetuating this noise.”
He added, “It was really one of the sadder things I’ve seen in the last 40 years in politics.”