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Boehner: 'There's a lot of leaders in the Republican Party'

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 on Monday "there's a lot of leaders in the Republican Party," appearing to minimize the role of 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 in the GOP.

Appearing on "CBS This Morning" to discuss his new memoir, "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 was asked by co-host Gayle KingGayle KingFauci on Rand Paul: 'I just don't understand what the problem is with him' Michelle Obama: 'You wanna hang out with us? Get your vaccine' The Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race MORE who he considers to be the leader of the Republican Party now.

"There are a lot of leaders in the Republican Party, just like when I was there. Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBipartisanship has become a partisan weapon Washington showing signs of normalcy after year of restrictions Former OMB pick Neera Tanden to serve as senior adviser to Biden MORE plays a role, Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthySunday shows - Cheney removal, CDC guidance reverberate Kinzinger: 'I would love to move on' from Trump but he is the leader of the GOP Cheney: I can't ignore Trump because he 'continues to be a real danger' MORE plays a role. Clearly former President Trump is retired, unemployed, and appears to want to play some type of a role," Boehner said.

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Co-host Anthony Mason noted that Trump had reportedly called Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) a "dumb son of a bitch" for accepting the election results during a recent event at Mar-a-Lago and asked Boehner how he thought such rhetoric affects the GOP.

"Well I think rhetoric that inflames people is wrong. I don't care whether that's from the right or from the left. It just doesn't help our country in any way, shape or form," Boehner said. "So Republicans need to go back to being of the principles of the Republican Party, and frankly I think the party will be much, much better off in the long run."

Boehner also took aim at 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) in his book, King noted.

"This guy wasn't even a member of the United States House of Representatives. He was a member of the Senate stirring up some of the crazies of my own caucus to cause all kinds of problems. And that's probably why I zeroed in on him, probably the only person in this book, in the way that I did," Boehner said. "There's nothing worse than a reckless jackass who thinks he's smarter than everybody else."