Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) made abundantly clear Sunday just how he feels about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) — effectively calling him a “jackass” on CBS’s “Face the Nation” hosted by moderator John Dickerson, without actually using that term. During the long-running CBS Sunday talk show, Boehner called the Tea Party Republican wing as being “unrealistic” and labeled them as “false prophets,” according to CBS News. Boehner was asked about whether Cruz was one of the “false prophets” within the GOP that Boehner had talked about. According to CBC News, Boehner “demurred, with a demonstrative gulp from his mug. ‘Listen, you can pick a lot of names out. I’ll let you choose them.'”
But then, Boehner couldn’t help himself. Asked again about Cruz, he said slyly. “I refer you to my remark at a fundraiser I made in August in Steamboat Springs, Colorado,” Boehner said. The remark Boehner references, which was first reported by the Daily Caller, was that Cruz was a “jackass.”
Quoting the Bible on the heels of his historic day with Pope Francis, Boehner said, “The Bible says beware of false prophets. And there are people out there spreading noise about how much can get done.”
Boehner specifically referred to the Tea Party Republican promise in 2013 that they would be able to get rid of the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare) through the process of funding the government – a tactic which ultimately led to the 16-day government shutdown that fall. Today, the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) still stands.
“This plan never had a chance. But over the course of the August recess in 2013 and the course of September, a lot of my Republican colleagues who knew it was a fool’s errand, they were getting a lot of pressure at home to do this. And so we got groups here in town, members, the House and Senate here in town who whipped people into a frenzy believing they could accomplish things that they know, they know are never going to happen,” he said.
Although Congress is once again facing internal battles over funding the government, Boehner told Dickerson the government will remain open this year. Asked by Dickerson whether there would be a shutdown, Boehner responded with an unequivocal “no.”
Boehner explained the legislative process coming up. “The Senate is expected to pass a continuing resolution next week…we’ll also take up a select committee to investigate these horrific videos that we’ve seen from abortion clinics that we’ve seen in several states,” Boehner said.
The Senate is working on a bill that would fund the government, including Planned Parenthood, through Dec. 11. A vote on that measure is scheduled for Monday.