Boehner book jacket teases slams against Cruz, Trump

The dust jacket of former Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFeehery: The next Republican wave is coming Rift widens between business groups and House GOP Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power MORE’s (R-Ohio) upcoming memoir reveals some of the shots he takes at several prominent Republicans, including former President TrumpDonald TrumpPence: Supreme Court has chance to right 'historic wrong' with abortion ruling Prosecutor says during trial that actor Jussie Smollett staged 'fake hate crime' Overnight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table MORE and Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table Senate GOP blocks defense bill, throwing it into limbo On The Money — Biden stresses calm amid omicron fears MORE (Texas) and Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table Senate GOP blocks defense bill, throwing it into limbo On The Money — Biden stresses calm amid omicron fears MORE (K.Y.)

The back cover of “On The House: A Washington Memoir,” obtained by Punchbowl News on Tuesday, includes excerpts of BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFeehery: The next Republican wave is coming Rift widens between business groups and House GOP Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power MORE’s blistering critiques and remembrances.

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“Ted Cruz: There is nothing more dangerous than a reckless asshole who thinks he is smarter than everyone else,” Boehner writes.

The former lawmaker had regularly tussled with Cruz in the past, describing him as “Lucifer in the flesh” back in 2016. 

While recording for the audio narration of his memoir in recent weeks, Boehner reportedly went off-script and said: "Oh, and Ted Cruz, go f--- yourself.”

Cruz fired back on Friday during his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Fla.

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“You know yesterday, John Boehner made some news. He suggested that I do something that was anatomically impossible,” Cruz quipped. “To which my response was, who’s John Boehner?” 

Boehner's book will also give readers a sneak peek into his relationship with Trump during the early days of his presidency, according to the jacket. 

“Donald Trump: He would call me fairly often when he first took office for advice or conversation,” the blurb reads. “But the calls came in less and less as his tenure went on. That’s probably because he got more comfortable in the job. But I also suspect he just got tired of me advising him to shut up.”

Boehner was friendly with Trump back when he was a New York business mogul, reportedly golfing together in 2013 at Trump’s course in Bedminster, N.J. 

The Ohio Republican retired from Congress in 2015 before Trump was elected and was succeeded by Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanNo time for the timid: The dual threats of progressives and Trump Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Cheney takes shot at Trump: 'I like Republican presidents who win re-election' MORE (R-Wis.). Once he was off of Capitol Hill, Boehner frequently leveled harsh criticism against his former party.

In 2018, he said “there is no Republican Party. There’s a Trump party. The Republican Party is kinda taking a nap somewhere.”

Boehner added that Trump was clearly the "most unusual" president the country has ever had.

The Ohio Republican also congratulated President BidenJoe BidenDearborn office of Rep. Debbie Dingell vandalized Pfizer to apply for COVID-19 booster approval for 16- and 17-year-olds: report Coronavirus variant raises fresh concerns for economy MORE after his 2020 victory over Trump, writing, “I know you’re sincere in your desire to be a president for all Americans, and I know you’ve got the tools and the heart to get it done.”

 

“On The House” will be released on April 13.