Boehner: Ted Cruz a 'miserable son of a bitch'
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Former Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerA time for war, a time for peace — and always a time to defend America Esper's chief of staff to depart at end of January Soleimani killing deepens distrust between Trump, Democrats MORE (R-Ohio) panned Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzRepublicans show little enthusiasm for impeachment witness swap Texas House special election to gauge suburban mood Texas Democrats roll out plan to win state House in November 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 BoehnerA time for war, a time for peace — and always a time to defend America Esper's chief of staff to depart at end of January Soleimani killing deepens distrust between Trump, Democrats 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 TrumpWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' Bolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report Dershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense 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 ClintonDershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense Hillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — NFL social media accounts hacked | Dem questions border chief over controversial Facebook group | Clinton says Zuckerberg has 'authoritarian' views Clinton on Sanders comments: 'I wasn't thinking about the election' MORE would hold off Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP Iowa senator suggests Trump impeachment defense could hurt Biden at caucuses On The Money: Stocks close with steep losses driven by coronavirus fears | Tax season could bring more refund confusion | Trump's new wins for farmers may not undo trade damage Sanders launches first TV ads in Nevada 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 BidenWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' Bolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report Dershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense MORE parachuting in and Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaSouth Carolina woman behind popular Obama slogan says she backs Steyer Sanders surges while Warren wanes Buttigieg: America 'united in mourning' Kobe Bryant's death MORE fanning the flames to make it all happen,” he said.

Updated at 9:14 a.m.