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Boehner: Trump 'stepped all over their loyalty' by lying to followers

Former House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBipartisanship has become a partisan weapon The Memo: Lawmakers on edge after Greene's spat with Ocasio-Cortez What's a party caucus chair worth? MORE (R-Ohio) said former President TrumpDonald TrumpFranklin Graham says Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' Man suspected in wife's disappearance accused of casting her ballot for Trump Stefanik: Cheney is 'looking backwards' MORE “stepped all over their loyalty” when he peddled claims of voter fraud to his followers in the months following the 2020 election.

In an interview days before the release of his book "On the House: A Washington Memoir," BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBipartisanship has become a partisan weapon The Memo: Lawmakers on edge after Greene's spat with Ocasio-Cortez What's a party caucus chair worth? MORE told USA Today that he decided to speak out after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol to hold Trump accountable for his part in the insurrection.

"I don't think it was just about him showing up at a rally on Jan. 6th," Boehner told USA Today. "The comments that were made all summer about the election was going to be stolen from him, all the follow-up noise that occurred after the election – I kept looking for the facts."

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"What struck me, especially after the election, was, here's all these people loyal to Donald Trump, and he abused them," Boehner added. "He stepped all over their loyalty to him by continuing to say things that just weren't true."

Days after the insurrection, Boehner tweeted a condemnation of the attack and denounced the Republican Party, and he sent an emotional email to an informal group of friends, allies and former aides he refers to as "Boehnerland."

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In December, then-Attorney General William BarrBill BarrSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Lawyer for former officer charged in George Floyd death alleges witness coercion CNN legal analyst joins DOJ's national security division MORE said that the Department of Justice had uncovered no evidence of widespread voter fraud that would change the outcome of the election. Dozens of courts have also shot down lawsuits alleging the election wasn't legitimate.

In his book, Boehner also recalled the first time he met Trump: over a game of golf during a fundraising tour with two insurance executives at Trump National Golf Club in Westchester, New York, USA Today reported.

Boehner, who at the time was the House minority leader, said he was informed “out of nowhere” that Trump would be the group’s fourth.

"He was very friendly, but in an in-your-face, this-is-how-they-talk-in-New-York kind of way that I was not used to at all," Boehner recalled, according to USA Today.

"Direct, loud, intense," he added.

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He wrote that a young aide to Boehner embarrassed Trump by giving him the wrong name for one of the insurance executives, prompting Trump to dress him down in an expletive-laced tirade that Boehner called “dark.”

Boehner recalled Trump calling the aide an “idiot.”

"This was more than New York bluster," Boehner wrote, according to USA Today. "This was real anger, over something very, very small. We had no idea then what that anger would do to our country." 

Boehner also wrote about calls Trump made early in his presidency to the former House Speaker for advice. Among other things, USA Today reported, Boehner advised Trump to stop tweeting.

When considering how history would judge the 45th president, Boehner wrote, “Well, I don’t think very well.”

The comments from Boehner come days before the release of his memoir, in which the former House Speaker offered his commentary on a number of Washington power players.

In the book, Boehner called Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzBipartisanship has become a partisan weapon Former OMB pick Neera Tanden to serve as senior adviser to Biden Seth Rogen says he's not in a feud with 'fascist' Ted Cruz, whose 'words caused people to die' MORE (R-Texas) a “reckless asshole” and former Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannBoehner says he voted for Trump, didn't push back on election claims because he's retired Boehner: Trump 'stepped all over their loyalty' by lying to followers Boehner finally calls it as he sees it MORE (R-Minn.) a “lunatic,” and he said conservative pundits such as Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityMcCarthy dings Biden after meeting: Doesn't have 'energy of Donald Trump' Jenner says she didn't vote in 2020: 'I just couldn't get excited about it' White House says Biden won't 'underestimate Trump' if he runs in 2024 MORE and Rush Limbaugh are residents of “Looneyville.”

Boehner also called the claim of election fraud pushed by Trump a “bullshit” lie and said he incited the “bloody insurrection” in January “for nothing more than selfish reasons.”