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Harry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words'

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidBottom line Biden's first 100 days is stylistic 'antithesis' of Trump The Memo: Washington's fake debate on 'bipartisanship' MORE (D-Nev.) responded to an anecdote in 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’s (R-Ohio) forthcoming book in which 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 recalls calling Reid a “bastard” during an angry encounter.

Boehner in his book titled “On the House: A Washington Memoir” claimed that Reid called the House a “dictatorship of the Speaker” in 2013 amid tense fiscal negotiations during the Obama administration.

The former Speaker wrote, "If I were a dictator, do you think I’d let all these members get away with screwing me over all the time? Hell no! And Reid, who was a ruthless bastard, knew exactly what I was doing."  

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“So when I saw him at the White House the next day, talking quietly with 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 before the meeting, I went over, got in Reid’s face, and said, ‘Do you even listen to all of the shit that comes out of your mouth? You can go f--- yourself,” he continued.

Reid on Saturday responded to the excerpt, telling CNN’s Jim AcostaJames (Jim) AcostaJen Psaki says the quiet part out loud about Joe Biden Harry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Fauci touts vaccinations: 'This is not going to last forever' MORE, “The deal is this: John Boehner and I got a lot done, but we didn’t mince words.”

“He was right. I did everything I could to cause him trouble because I knew he was having a lot of trouble. The more trouble he had in his caucus, the better it was for us, and he knew what I was doing, and I wasn’t at all surprised that he came to me and gave me one of his underhanded blessings,” Reid said.

The former Nevada lawmaker recalled that he and Boehner would always meet in Boehner’s office “because I didn’t want anyone smoking in my office,” joking that he could then “smoke to his heart’s content.”

“I have a lot of respect for John Boehner. He, as far as I’m concerned, was a great patriot,” Reid told CNN. 

Boehner in the book, which is set to be released this week, pulls no punches about his time in the nation’s capital, going so far as to criticize several fellow Republicans, including 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, 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 (Texas) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.).