‘Stoking the flames of conspiracy’: Boehner rips into Trump in upcoming book, says he ‘incited that bloody insurrection’
Andrew Trunsky, DCNF
Former House Speaker John Boehner blasts former President Donald Trump in his upcoming memoir, accusing him of “inciting that bloody insurrection” on Jan. 6 for his own “selfish” political reasons.
In his new book, “On the House: A Washington Memoir,” Boehner alleges that the Republican Party has been taken over by “whack jobs” and calls out prominent GOP lawmakers and members of conservative media.
Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, frequently clashed with lawmakers in his own caucus, and resigned from Congress in 2015.
Trump’s “refusal to accept the result of an election not only cost Republicans the Senate but led to mob violence,” Boehner writes in his book, of which an excerpt was obtained by The New York Times. “It was painful to watch.”
“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 presided,” Boehner said.
“Watching it was scary, and sad. It should have been a wake-up call for a return to Republican sanity,” he added. “Whatever [Congress] ends up doing, or not doing, none of it will compare to one of the lowest points of American democracy that we lived through in January 2021.”
He “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,” Boehner went on. “He claimed voter fraud without any evidence, taking advantage of the trust placed in him by his supporters and ultimately betraying that trust.”
Prominent Republicans also criticized Trump for his rhetoric following his defeat to President Joe Biden, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House.
Following the Jan. 6 riot Trump was impeached by the House, with 10 Republicans joining Democrats in voting to do so. He was acquitted by the Senate, though seven Republicans joined all 50 Democrats in voting to convict him.
Despite the criticism from members of the GOP, Trump still holds outsized influence among the party’s base. Recent polls show him as the favorite to be the GOP presidential nominee in 2024, and multiple Republicans running for office in 2022 have sought to tie themselves to him.