Boehner Hits Trump, Talks Republican Unity in Book Promotion Former House Speaker John Boehner speaks at a ceremony to unveil a portrait in his honor at the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 19, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Alex Edelman/Getty Images)
By Sandy Fitzgerald | Tuesday, 13 April 2021 09:50 AM
Former House Speaker John Boehner, making the rounds Tuesday to promote his new memoir, "On The House: A Washington Memoir," said he doesn't want to criticize decisions being made by people in office now, as "governing today is very difficult as it is."
However, he had plenty to say about others, including about the future of the Republican Party and about former President Donald Trump, who he accused of abusing "the loyalty and trust of the people who voted for him" with his protests about the 2020 election and of having "frankly incited a lot of people to show up in Washington on January 6th."
"If you do the right things for the right reasons, the right things will happen," the Ohio Republican said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "Well, I think it's about acting like a Republican. I'm a conservative Republican. I believe in fiscal discipline. I believe in a strong national defense. You know, there are principles that unite Republicans and I think what the party needs to do is go back to those principles. It's not about who's the craziest candidate out there, who's the loudest candidate. It's about acting like a Republican."
President Joe Biden is a "traditional Democrat," he added, but the party is split while he's being pushed "to no end" by progressives.
"I think the skirmish in their party is going to widen considerably, as they try to move this infrastructure bill through the Congress," he said.
Boehner also discussed the 2020 election, and much more from his memoir.
On Trump and the election:
"I watched the months leading up to the election, when the president continued to tell the American people that the election was going to be stolen … but the president then went on to say the election was being stolen, but never put any evidence out there, and it went on for months. I think the president abused the loyalty and trust of the people who voted for him by spewing that nonsense without ever putting any facts out there. It was a sad spectacle and frankly incited a lot of people to show up in Washington on January 6th under false pretenses. It was a sad moment in American history…the courts would have heard cases if they would have presented some facts..there wasn't any evidence. I was looking for it myself. Never found it."
Bill Clinton's impeachment:
"We probably shouldn't have gone down that path. There's no question to me that Bill Clinton committed perjury. And you know, for the president of the United States to violate the law is an impeachable offense. But lying about sex is not an impeachable offense … I think it got judged completely wrong and shouldn't have happened."
The Tea Party Movement of 2010:
"Most of those Tea Party members, if you will, became good solid Republicans, good members to work with. But also in that class, you had some really pretty crazy people … frankly Donald Trump's election was a product of the giant schism we see in American politics today, between Republicans and Democrats. And it's frankly gotten a lot worse over the last five years. It's a sad state of affairs that we have in our political system."
Boehner also appeared on Fox News' "Fox and Friends," where he talked about more current events, including the push from Biden and Democrats for the $2.2 trillion infrastructure proposal.
"This is apparently a new word for the Green New Deal, because if you look at the bill that they've put forward, it covers everything that the far left has ever wanted," said Boehner. "If we're going to do infrastructure, why don't we talk about traditional infrastructure? Roads, bridges, dams, locks, transit systems those are the things that were typically in an infrastructure bill."
He added that there has been a lot said about the divisions in the Republican Party, but not much about the "giant schism" among Democrats.
"This little fight between the traditional Democrats and the far-left is about to come into full view for all Americans, because when it comes to this infrastructure bill and the so-called pay force, increasing taxes," said Boehner.
Boehner also discussed the growth of the media and its use of some of the louder people in politics to score points in ratings.
"They put Louie Gohmert on TV, it may be great for TV, but everybody in the Congress is shaking their heads, wondering why he should be on TV, because the guy never made any sense in Congress, or at least when we were in the majority," said Boehner.