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Boehner on Bachmann: Right-wing media made 'people who used to be fringe characters into powerful media stars'

Former Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) pointed to 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.) as an example of a public figure conservative media elevated from obscurity to star status during his time leading the party in the lower chamber. 

"Besides the homegrown 'talent' at Fox, with their choice of guests they were making people who used to be fringe characters into powerful media stars. One of the first prototypes out of their laboratory was a woman named Michele Bachmann," BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBiden's relationship with top House Republican is frosty Maher chides Democrats: We 'suck the fun out of everything' Budowsky: Liz Cheney vs. conservatives in name only MORE wrote in an essay using excerpts from his upcoming book published Friday in Politico Magazine. "Bachmann, who had represented Minnesota's 6th Congressional District since 2007 and made a name for herself as a lunatic ever since, came to meet with me in the busy period in late 2010 after the election." 

Bachmann, a conservative firebrand who came to Congress during the rise of the Tea Party, wanted a seat on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, Boehner wrote. 

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"There was no way she was going to get on Ways and Means, the most prestigious committee in Congress, and jump ahead of everyone else in line," he said. "Not while I was Speaker. In earlier days, a member of Congress in her position wouldn’t even have dared ask for something like this. Sam Rayburn would have laughed her out of the city." 

Bachmann threatened Boehner, he said, telling him if he didn't give her what she wanted, she would unleash the forces of conservative media on him. 

“Well, then I’ll just have to go talk to Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityWhite House says Biden won't 'underestimate Trump' if he runs in 2024 McConnell safe in power, despite Trump's wrath Poll: Americans consider Fox News, NYT, CNN, MSNBC 'mainstream media' MORE and everybody at Fox ... and Rush Limbaugh, Mark LevinMark Reed LevinBoehner on Bachmann: Right-wing media made 'people who used to be fringe characters into powerful media stars' Boehner says he called Hannity 'a nut' during tense 2015 phone call Worst person in America contest? MORE, and everybody else on the radio, and tell them that this is how John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBiden's relationship with top House Republican is frosty Maher chides Democrats: We 'suck the fun out of everything' Budowsky: Liz Cheney vs. conservatives in name only MORE is treating the people who made it possible for the Republicans to take back the House," Bachmann told Boehner. 

"I wasn’t the one with the power, she was saying. I just thought I was. She had the power now," he wrote. "She was right, of course." 

In separate passages from his book released on Friday, Boehner revealed his called Fox News host Sean Hannity "a nut" and asked of former president Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaYoung, diverse voters fueled Biden victory over Trump Biden's relationship with top House Republican is frosty The Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race MORE's hesitation to work with Republicans at the time: "How do you find common cause with people who think you are a secret Kenyan Muslim traitor?"