By Nicole Lyn Pesce
There’s no love lost between these two.
Former House Speaker John Boehner reportedly went off-script while recording the audiobook version of his upcoming memoir “On the House: A Washington Memoir.” Two sources familiar with his audio recordings told Axios that he shared asides like, “Oh, and Ted Cruz, go f— yourself,” during the taping.
This is coming from the guy who tweeted “It doesn’t cost anything to be nice” while posting a 2015 video that tracked a day in his life as the House speaker.
Well, Cruz responded in kind while speaking at the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference, better known as CPAC, on Friday — which also featured a golden statue of former President Donald Trump that was being likened to the biblical golden calf. The junior senator from Texas brought up Boehner’s alleged affront.
“He suggested that I do something that was anatomically impossible,” Cruz said. “To which my response was: Who’s John Boehner?”
Cruz also took the opportunity to try to make light of the furor he sparked last week by flying to Cancun while millions in his home state spent days without power or clean water during an unprecedented cold snap.
“I gotta say, Orlando is awesome — it’s not as nice as Cancun, but it’s nice,” he joked on Friday.
He also mocked social distancing and other public health measures in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, which has killed more than half a million Americans as of this week. And he accused the media of trying to incite a “Republican civil war.”
It’s not the first time that Boehner and Cruz have traded barbs. The former House speaker called Cruz “Lucifer in the flesh” shortly after leaving Congress in October 2015.