Boehner: ‘Knuckleheads’ in the Republican Party Just Bring Chaos, They Have No Idea About Governing

Boehner: ‘Knuckleheads’ in the Republican Party Just Bring Chaos, They Have No Idea About Governing


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Janet Ybarra
Former Washington Journalist
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Former House Speaker John Boehner’s making the rounds of television to promote his new book, but along the way, he’s not always being terribly kind to the fellow Republicans he left behind.

Boehner, who served four years as speaker during a congressional career of nearly a quarter-century representing a rural/suburban Ohio district, is out trying to sell his new memoir, On The House.

But along the way, he’s opening up with some candor about some of the other Republicans in Congress.

“I just think it’s a little crazy. Listen, I tried to deal with the facts as they were, the facts as I knew them, and I tried to move forward based on facts. And, yeah, there’s people in both parties who are on the fringe, but, listen, on any given day, I had 210, 215 solid Republican votes, solid Republican members, good members. And remember, there are good members on both sides of the aisle,” Boehner said in an interview with CNN. “Ninety percent of Congress are good, decent, honest people trying to do the right thing for their constituents and for the country. But in my case, on any given day there were two or three dozen what I call knuckleheads who just wanted — they wanted chaos. They wanted it all their way or no way.”

Boehner had even less nice to say about current members, like Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga), who recently announced — and then had to backtrack — a racist, nativist “America First” Caucus in the House.

“Well, Chuck, I have no idea how this even showed up. I wouldn’t call it mainstreamed in our party. But I can tell you that this so-called America First Caucus is one of the nuttiest things I’ve ever seen,” Boehner said in a separate interview with NBC host Chuck Todd. “Listen, America is a land of immigration. We’ve been the world’s giant melting pot for 250 years, and we ought to celebrate the fact that we are this giant melting pot. And to see some members of Congress go off and start this America First Caucus, it’s the silliest thing I’ve ever seen. Republicans need to denounce it.”

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