Trump’s “refusal to accept the result of the election not only cost Republicans the Senate but led to mob violence,” the former speaker writes in his forthcoming book, “On the House: A Washington Memoir,” adding, “It was painful to watch,” the Times reported Wednesday.
Boehner also said the former president “incited that bloody insurrection for nothing more than selfish reasons, perpetuated by the bullshit he’d been shoveling since he lost a fair election the previous November.”
“He claimed voter fraud without any evidence, and repeated those claims, taking advantage of the trust placed in him by his supporters and ultimately betraying that trust,” Boehner said, according to the newspaper.
Jason Miller, an adviser to Trump, called Boehner a “Swamp Creature” in a statement to CNN on Wednesday and suggested the former speaker’s criticism was motivated by business interests with China. Boehner is a senior strategic adviser with Squire Patton Boggs, a large law firm that has offices in the US and across the globe, including China.
The Times reported that Trump asked in an email to the paper about Boehner, “Was he drinking when he made this statement? Just another RINO who couldn’t do the job!”
Boehner also wrote he wasn’t prepared for Trump “refusing to accept the results and stoking the flames of conspiracy that turned into violence in the seat of our democracy” in the building he once presided over. “Watching it was scary, and sad. It should have been a wake-up call for a return to Republican sanity.”
This story has been updated with additional reaction.