John Boehner likened Ted Cruz to the devil on Wednesday. (Photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters/File)
Former House Speaker John Boehner offered a rather blunt assessment of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday night.
“Lucifer in the flesh,” Boehner said during a talk hosted by Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., according to the Stanford Daily. “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”
The Ohio Republican, who retired from Congress last fall, said he would vote for whomever the party nominates for president — unless it’s Cruz.
Boehner described the other two GOP hopefuls, Donald Trump and John Kasich, as his “friends.”
Boehner said he has played golf with Trump for years and that they were “texting buddies.” His relationship with the Ohio governor, however, “requires more effort on my behalf than all my other friends … but he’s still my friend, and I love him.”
Cruz, who introduced Carly Fiorina as his running mate on Wednesday, responded to Boehner’s barb on Twitter Thursday morning.
“Tell me again who will stand up to Washington? Trump, who’s Boehner’s ‘texting and golfing buddy,’ or Carly & me?”