Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) did not hold back while addressing the Capitol insurrection in his new book, even ripping disgraced former President Donald Trump for inciting the violence.
Just like most Americans, Boehner was shocked when Trump refused to accept the results of the election even though some Americans had been sounding the alarm that Trump would do exactly what he did despite President Joe Biden winning legitimately and by a comfortable margin in the popular and electoral vote.
Trump pushed his election fraud lies for months before January 6th when he pushed his supporters over the edge during a rally near the Capitol. His supporters then stormed the building in an attempt to overthrow democracy to keep him in power.
Boehner, who is partly responsible for the right-wing shift that resulted in Trump taking over the GOP, blasted Trump and his party.
According to the New York Times:
Mr. Boehner writes that Mr. Trump’s “refusal to accept the result of the election not only cost Republicans the Senate but led to mob violence,” adding, “It was painful to watch. 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. 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.”
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,” Boehner continued. “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.”
Trump and his dead-beat dad spokesperson Jason Miller had a pathetic response.
In an emailed statement, Jason Miller, a spokesman for Mr. Trump, called Mr. Boehner a “Swamp Creature” and accused him of favoring “Communist China” (The former speaker’s lobbying firm represents the Chinese Embassy in the United States). In a separate email to The Times, Mr. Trump asked of Mr. Boehner, whose love of Merlot wine is legendary in Washington: “Was he drinking when he made this statement? Just another RINO who couldn’t do the job!”
It should be pointed out that Boehner voluntarily stepped down from Congress while Trump got kicked out by voters. Trump is the one who couldn’t hack it in office. He is responsible for over 525,000 American deaths from the coronavirus because he refused to take the pandemic seriously. Boehner has also never been impeached while Trump has been impeached twice. Boehner has more credibility than Trump ever did and his observations in this book are damning, not just to Trump, but the Republican Party as well.
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