Boehner, whose tenure in the House Republican leadership coincided with the congressional obstruction of the Obama years and who was subsumed by the rise of the Tea Party and House members who were rewarded by conservative media appearances, writes that the G.O.P. must “take back control from the faction that had grown to include everyone from garden-variety whack jobs to insurrectionists.”
While Boehner seemed to reluctantly back Donald Trump back in 2016, it’s clear that he no longer supports him. The Times cites another passage in the book where he says 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.”
Boehner isn’t exactly being applauded though for coming out against Trump now. Many people say it’s too little, too late.
ICYMI, @mehdirhasan on Boehner: "The reason we are where we are today is because these 'old-school Republicans' didn't stand up to the crazies … And now the crazies are ascendant, and John Boehner wants to be celebrated for calling them crazy … Well, too little too late." pic.twitter.com/VasWmyBP3y— The Recount (@therecount) April 4, 2021