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Politics Boehner: Trump 'abused the loyalty and trust' voters placed in him

01:30  14 april  2021
01:30  14 april  2021 Source:   cnn.com

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Former Republican House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday that former President Donald Trump " abused the loyalty and trust " placed in him by his voters when he pushed falsehoods about the 2020 election.

In the book, Boehner goes on to write that Trump “incited that bloody insurrection for nothing more than selfish reasons, perpetuated by the bulls*** he’d been shoveling since he lost a fair election the previous November,” noting that Trump ’s refusal to accept that he’d lost the election to President Joe Biden “not only cost Republicans the Senate. but led to mob violence.” “I’ll admit I wasn’t prepared for what came after the election — Trump refusing to accept the results and stoking the flames of conspiracy that turned into violence in the seat of our democracy, the building over which I once

Former Republican House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday that former President Donald Trump "abused the loyalty and trust" placed in him by his voters when he pushed falsehoods about the 2020 election.

John Boehner wearing a suit and tie: Former House Speaker John Boehner attends a ceremony to unveil a portrait of himself on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 in Washington. © Michael A. McCoy/AP Former House Speaker John Boehner attends a ceremony to unveil a portrait of himself on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 in Washington.

"I just kept waiting for evidence to show up. The President was out there every day talking about the election being stolen. They're filing lawsuits, I'm waiting for the evidence," Boehner told CNN's Jake Tapper on "The Lead." "And sadly, no evidence ever showed up. And I think the President abused the loyalty and trust that his voters have placed in him by not being honest with the American people about the outcome."

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John Boehner revealed that he voted for Donald Trump in 2020 despite his aid claiming at the time of the election the former speaker would rather 'set himself on fire' than get involved in the election. Ultimately, Boehner and Obama won the friendly Father's Day match, which took place the same time across D.C. the U.S. Open was being held at the Congressional Country Club. 'It was a good day out,' Boehner detailed. He said Obama had the highest handicap with 18 and that he and Kasich played at nine.

Boehner made similar comments about Cruz earlier the same day. During an appearance on CBS This Morning, Boehner said that Cruz had gone out of his way to provoke "some of the crazies" in the House GOP caucus. Boehner said that the former president had " abused the loyalty and the trust that voters had placed in him " by continuing to falsely claim that massive fraud was to blame for his 2020 election defeat to President Joe Biden. When speaking about Trump repeating some of the same falsehoods during a fiery speech to GOP donors at a Mar-a-Lago fundraiser in Florida over the

The comments from Boehner come the same day that the Ohio Republican released his new book, "On the House: A Washington Memoir." In it, the former speaker offers his take on the Republican Party in the age of Trump, writing that the party is now under total control of the former President and that he's not sure he still belongs in its current iteration.

"I was out of office when Donald Trump was inaugurated as our nation's 45th president. That was fine by me because I'm not sure I belonged to the Republican Party he created," Boehner wrote.

But Boehner, who resigned as House speaker in late 2015 amid clashes with the growing conservative caucus of the Republican Party, voted for Trump in the 2020 election. He told Time Magazine he "thought that (Trump's) policies, by and large, mirrored the policies that I believed in."

Asked by Tapper if he would vote for Trump again in 2024 should the former President run, Boehner demurred but said he hoped it wouldn't be a choice.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

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.

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