Boehner: Ted Cruz a 'miserable son of a bitch'
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Former Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerClash with Trump marks latest break with GOP leaders for Justin Amash Liz Cheney faces a big decision on her future NBC's Kelly O'Donnell tears up over video celebrating 25 years at network MORE (R-Ohio) panned Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz Eye-popping number of Dems: I can beat Trump 'SleepyCreepy Joe' and 'Crazy Bernie': Trump seeks to define 2020 Dems with insults The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Restrictive state abortion laws ignite fiery 2020 debate MORE as “Lucifer in the flesh” during comments at an event Wednesday night at Stanford University. 

“I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone,” BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerClash with Trump marks latest break with GOP leaders for Justin Amash Liz Cheney faces a big decision on her future NBC's Kelly O'Donnell tears up over video celebrating 25 years at network MORE said, according to The Stanford Daily

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“But I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.” 

Cruz was a thorn in Boehner's side during several standoffs with the Obama administration, and some of his actions likely cost Boehner support from his own conference.

Cruz, a 2016 presidential hopeful, met with House members of the conservative Freedom Caucus — an unusual move for a freshman senator — in 2013 and pushed them to fight to defund ObamaCare. The effort eventually led to a government shutdown that hurt the GOP politically. 

Boehner reportedly called Cruz a “jackass” over the issue.

At Stanford, a Boehner unburdened by the shackles of the office, reportedly drew laughter and smiles from the attendees as he struck a more informal tone than he had in past previous appearances. 

He recounted how he used to play golf with Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' MORE, the current GOP presidential front-runner, and said they were “texting buddies.” As for the final GOP presidential hopeful, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Boehner reportedly was more measured. 

“[Kasich] requires more effort on my behalf than all my other friends,” he said. “But he’s still my friend, and I love him.”

Boehner told the crowd he’d support Trump in the general election, but not Cruz. 

He also predicted that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDe Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on 'Don the con' From dive bars to steakhouses: How Iowa caucus staffers blow off steam Warren policy ideas show signs of paying off MORE would hold off Bernie SandersBernie SandersButtigieg defends appearing on Fox News: Many Americans don't hear Dems' message Buttigieg: The future 'is personal' for me Donald Trump, president for life? We need term limits now MORE to be the Democratic presidential nominee in the fall. But he added that legal issues involving her use of a private email server could lead to an unexpected outcome. 

“Don’t be shocked ... if two weeks before the convention, here comes Joe BidenJoe Robinette BidenButtigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' Buttigieg: The future 'is personal' for me Donald Trump, president for life? We need term limits now MORE parachuting in and Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaPelosi receives John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Romney: Trump 'has distanced himself from some of the best qualities of the human character' Biden calls for unity, jabs at Trump in campaign launch MORE fanning the flames to make it all happen,” he said.

Updated at 9:14 a.m.