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MSNBC host: Boehner going after GOP 'crazies' now is 'too little too late'
MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan criticized former Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) for not going after those the host deemed were GOP "crazies" sooner."The reason we are where we are today is because these 'old school Republicans' didn't stand up to the crazies. They embraced them, however uneasily," Hasan said on the network's Friday episode of "All In.""And now the crazies are ascendant, and John Boehner wants to be celebrated for calling them crazy. For now, finally calling it like it is," Hasan said. "Well, too little too late.
John Boehner is not to blame for the state of today's Republican Party, he says.
rose to his leadership position on a wave of Tea Party support in 2011 before resigning in 2015, and has been accused of opening the door to a new era of GOP extremism.
But the Ohio Republican claims it was the voters' fault, not his.
"The American people opened the door. Those who showed up and voted in Republican primaries opened up the door and elected some, frankly, pretty radically people," Boehner said Monday on CBSN. "Over the years, that part of the party continued to grow."
Former House Speaker John Boehner accuses some in Congress of being "political terrorists"
Preview: In his first TV interview for his incendiary new memoir, "On the House," he shares with "CBS Sunday Morning" his emotions about the January 6 attack on the Capitol.Boehner said the insurrection on January 6th was the outgrowth of the political terrorism he saw as Speaker of the House, in an interview with John Dickerson for "Sunday Morning." The 13-term Republican names a former colleague, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), as a prime example, along with Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas). However, the outspoken former politician, who resigned in 2015, stops short of blaming former President Donald Trump for inciting the January 6th attack, despite doing so in his book.
Boehner, who in 2015, still styles himself a "traditional Republican," citing his views on fiscal and foreign policy.
In his new memoir "On the House," he claims the Republican Party had been corrupted by far-right lawmakers he called who he also blamed for the "revolting" Capitol riots on January 6.
"Some in the party these days seem to think that making noise is more important than governing," he said on CBSN.
During his tenure as speaker, Boehner sought to block or repeal some now-landmark policies of the Obama administration such as the and Affordable Care Act. His failure to do resulted in intense criticism from the GOP's Freedom Caucus.
Corporate America is still dangerously delusional about what the GOP has become
The party of big business has taken to policing corporate America's speech now, and that's not going to change anytime soon.Boehner was perhaps the last leader of a now-dead Republican party we used to know. The one that was born during the Reagan years. The GOP that kept its hands out of the affairs of private enterprise, that championed free speech, that knew how to cut a deal, that you might want to have a glass of Merlot and a cigar with - that GOP's gone.
However, his failure to come out strongly against some of his party's more outrageous claims were also heavily panned.
During a 2011 appearance on "Meet the Press," Boehner the debunked claim President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.
"It's not my job to tell the American people what to think," he said while also adding that confirmation of Mr. Obama's birthplace from the state of Hawaii was "good enough for me."
Nearly a decade later, he is defending his rhetoric, claiming he did "the responsible thing."
"My job is to be straight up with people, honest to people and let them draw their own conclusions. I can't go out there and refute every conspiracy theory there is," Boehner said.
"I couldn't have done more."
Asked about what appealed to voters about , whom he criticized heavily in his book, Boehner said Trump's economic policies were "very well received."
"I think a lot of his policies were traditional, Republican policies — certainly not all of them," he said.
Boehner did not think those policies were enough to give Mr. Trump a fighting chance against his former congressional colleague and friend, current .
"I was surprised it was as close as it was," he said. "How he got that many votes — Donald Trump — I don't know."
The GOP establishment strikes back .
For the first time since at least 2015, former House Speaker John Boehner is the toast of the town in Washington. © J. Scott Applewhite/AP Former House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, and then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. attend a statue unveiling ceremony honoring former Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boehner, on a book tour, hit former President Trump's harsh criticism of McConnell over the weekend. The Ohio Republican is out with his memoir On the House.