Even among his Republican colleagues, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is heavily disliked.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina infamously said that, "If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you." Former President George W. Bush said of Cruz, ""I just don't like the guy." Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona grouped Cruz in with the "wacko-birds" he lamented get the brunt of the "media megaphone."
But few despise Cruz more than Republican former House Speaker John Boehner, who once called Cruz "Lucifer in the flesh."
Boehner was recording the audiobook for his memoir On the House over glasses of wine, when reports broke that he often veered from the text to lob insults at Cruz.
Axios reported on the asides back in February, but on Friday, Axios reporter Jonathan Swan released an audio recording of one of the sessions on his Twitter.
The clip below features explicit language.
When @SpeakerBoehner was recording his audiobook I was told by sources that during these wine-soaked sessions he wo… https://t.co/RxSafgyy3F— Jonathan Swan (@Jonathan Swan) 1617377098.0
After expressing an optimistic acclaim of the American dream, Boehner said:
"I'll raise a glass to that any day. P.S., Ted Cruz, go f**k yourself."
Cruz responded to the snippet with a GIF from Mean Girls.
https://t.co/11CZ4DQ1Xr https://t.co/KxchshJz6z— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz) 1617381651.0
But even though Boehner's tenure as House Speaker continues to leave a bad taste in the mouths of Democrats, many found themselves in agreement with his stance on Cruz.
I want to make the last 5 seconds of this recording into my ring tone. https://t.co/RxiHjmYetC— Kurt "Masks Save Lives" Eichenwald (@Kurt "Masks Save Lives" Eichenwald) 1617381063.0
This man can go eat rocks but I’d be lying if this isn’t one of the funniest things I have heard this week on multi… https://t.co/TqGK5AupXc— Angelina Meehan (@Angelina Meehan) 1617379908.0
John Boehner telling Ted Cruz to “go f**k yourself” is just what I needed today... https://t.co/IZU7VhD1gv— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@Rex Chapman🏇🏼) 1617378570.0
My Day is complete. Listen until the end.🤣🤣🤣 P.S. @tedcruz go f--k yourself https://t.co/hRa1jMgm1b— Fred Guttenberg (@Fred Guttenberg) 1617380145.0
an honest and judicious addendum https://t.co/dVb5mkXX65— ryan cooper (@ryan cooper) 1617378739.0
But Boehner was by no means absolved.
If only John Boehner got drunk and put immigration reform on the House floor https://t.co/4wUe6IYygf— Bill Scher (@Bill Scher) 1617381666.0
Haha John Boehner is so funny and irreverent it almost makes you forget that he bears responsibility for much of ou… https://t.co/RvzBE0kZpm— Steve Morris (@Steve Morris) 1617379640.0
I’m mostly a “Bush was bad, actually” guy but clearly I’m going to have to clear some space for “John Boehner was n… https://t.co/0YitbNOYjk— Oliver Willis (@Oliver Willis) 1617363918.0
Boehner's memoir promises to detail previously unknown exchanges and reflections during his time in Congress.