John Boehner came out swinging against his former Republican House colleagues Representative Jim Jordan and congressman-turned-Fox News contributor Jason Chaffetz.
In a lengthy Politico profile, Boehner appeared completely “unchained” as he lashed out at many of the people who negatively impacted his time as speaker of the House — particularly right-wing talk show hosts and far right conservative members.
During the interview — in which he suggested Sean Hannity is a “right-wing idiot” — Boehner lobbed a couple f-bombs at House Freedom Caucus member Jordan and ex-lawmaker Chaffetz:
“Breaking the ice, I mention some news of the day—that Trey Gowdy appears likely to become chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The previous chairman, Jason Chaffetz, had abruptly announced his resignation from Congress; House conservatives had hoped that Jim Jordan, a senior member on the committee, might pursue the chairmanship. Boehner grins. ‘Gowdy—that’s my guy, even though he doesn’t know how to dress,’ he says. Then Boehner leans back in his chair. ‘Fuck Jordan. Fuck Chaffetz. They’re both assholes.'”
The former speaker’s ill feelings toward Chaffetz — who is now a paid Fox News contributor — are fueled by personality issues. Specifically, Boehner called him a “total phony” and said, “With Chaffetz, it’s always about Chaffetz.”
As for his issues with the former House Freedom Caucus chairman, Boehner said, “Jordan was a terrorist as a legislator going back to his days in the Ohio House and Senate. A terrorist. A legislative terrorist.”
During his days in congress, the two often sparred over legislative issues as the extremely conservative Jordan tended to avoid agreeing with the moderate Boehner on policy proposals.
In another hilarious bit of the piece, Boehner used more colorful language to go after fellow lawmakers — this time savaging Democrat Harry Reid. “I walked right up to him and said, ‘Harry, you can go fuck yourself. You ever listen to that shit that comes out of your mouth?’” Said Boehner.
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