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Former House speaker John Boehner (R-OH) was condemned as a hypocrite after revealing that he voted to re-elect Donald Trump.
The Ohio Republican has been promoting his newly released memoir, where he repeatedly criticizes the former president, but he admitted to Time that he still voted to give Trump another four-year term.
"I voted for Donald Trump," he said. "I thought that his policies, by and large, mirrored the policies that I believed in. I thought the choices for the Supreme Court were top notch. At the end of the day, who gets nominated to the federal courts is really the most important thing a president does."
Boehner's admission didn't sit well with social media users.
John Boehner voted for Trump in 2020. Just because he makes entertaining digs at Ted Cruz or Fox News doesn't mean he's not as morally bankrupt and dangerous as those who is now attacking to rehab his image and profit from his career. https://t.co/89Qh0KQ5ax
— Kurt Bardella (@kurtbardella) April 13, 2021
Yeah, so I guess let's not pretend like Boehner was a victim of — or an unwitting participant in — the policies of the “new GOP"
No matter how much he trashed Trump and said he was bad for the country, he still voted for him. https://t.co/NdjAQPNSAc
— Angry Staffer (@Angry_Staffer) April 13, 2021
so Boehner voted for crazy.
I'm not buying his book.
— Jacqueline Fortin (@jfortin362) April 13, 2021
Boehner was my congressman and, even though I disagree with almost all of what he stood for, it was nice to be reminded of a time when people could disagree. He was part of a lost political mind set. And yet, he still voted for trump in 2020. I will never understand that. https://t.co/MESqa19X8i
— Ken Jaffe (@KenJaffe1) April 13, 2021
John Boehner voted for Trump in 2016 and in 2020.
Boehner also writes Trump “incited that bloody insurrection" on Jan. 6.
Given that attack, Boehner on if he should have pushed back against Trump's efforts to overturn the election:
"No. I'm retired."https://t.co/YDZjKzcx0T pic.twitter.com/MIC3obJtpr
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) April 13, 2021
In an interview yesterday Boehner spoke about how well he knew Biden, how well they worked together and could get anything that needed to be done - yet he still he voted for Trump. He's just another Party over County Republican.
— TravelingMelissa (@melissacain1) April 13, 2021
John Boehner voted for donald trump in 2020.
Don't buy his book.
— coca💙 Mask Up!!!😷🧢 (@SouthernCoca) April 13, 2021
You don't get to lecture anyone when you voted for Trump in 2020.https://t.co/MmnSafrXuc
— Tiffani 😷WearAMask😷 (@TiffMcGinnis17) April 13, 2021
Boehner: “Donald Trump is a product of the chaos we've seen in our political process over the last 10 or 12 years."
Also Boehner: I voted for Trump in 2020 https://t.co/gvNIHbsAtO
— Eugene Scott (@Eugene_Scott) April 13, 2021
Boehner's book tour is nothing more than self-aggrandizement with whitewashing pretenses. He not only nurtured the Tea Party, he directly voted for the demagogue he claims leads an unhinged cabal *after* the insanity of Trump's tenure. He is the *worst*. https://t.co/mWWWppirEp
— Anastacya (@Anastacya_99) April 13, 2021
I don't even believe Boehner. Sounds like another grift play for his book. “I voted for Trump so my criticism of Republicans is even more incredible!"
— Bonchie (@bonchieredstate) April 13, 2021
While Tucker Carlson has drawn heavy criticism for doubling down on supporting the "great replacement" conspiracy theory, one group of Americans absolutely loved what the Fox News host had to say during his lengthy Monday night monologue: White nationalists.
Via Media Matters' Eric Hananoki, white nationalist website VDare heaped gushing praise on Carlson's defense of the "great replacement" conspiracy theory that claims Democrats are trying to "replace" white people in the United States to achieve permanent electoral dominance.
"This segment was one of the best things Fox News has ever aired and was filled with ideas and talking points VDARE.com pioneered many years ago," the website informed its viewers. "You should watch the whole thing."
White nationalist Nick Fuentes was similarly enthusiastic about Carlson's monologue, which he claimed "redeemed" the Fox News host for some unspecified failing.
"This is precisely what needs to be said," he wrote on Twitter. "It's perfect."
The Anti-Defamation League has called on Fox News to fire Carlson for his continued promotion of racist conspiracy theories that have been used as justification for multiple mass murders, including at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue in 2018.
'Everyone thinks that this is going the wrong direction': Republicans faced with dealing with Matt Gaetz as Congress returns
Republican lawmakers returning to the Capitol after a break are about to be confronted with working with -- and questions about -- Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) this week, reports CNN.
During Congress's Spring break, the controversial Florida lawmaker became even more controversial after it was leaked that he is under multiple investigations related to sex trafficking and allegedly paying women for sex. Now as lawmakers return, they can expect to be inundated with questions from the press as to whether the Gaetz should resign.
As CNN notes, to date, most Republicans have been silent on Gaetz's legal problems.
"When it was first revealed that Gaetz was under investigation by the FBI, the House was in a two-week recess, allowing Republican leaders to largely ignore the scandal and its political implications. Now the House is returning Tuesday to major debates on President Joe Biden's massive infrastructure plan and the record number of unaccompanied minors on the southern border, but questions about Gaetz threaten to distract from Republicans' messaging," CNN reports. "But even before the allegations surfaced, Gaetz didn't have many friends in the House Republican Conference. He quickly rose to prominence through conservative cable television by tying his fortunes to former President Donald Trump and openly challenging Republican establishment leaders like House GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney of Wyoming."
With reports stating that even Donald Trump has been keeping his distance from Gaetz, who is one of his most rabid supporters, one person close to the ex-president said things aren't looking good for the conservative lawmaker.
"With his political future under threat, Gaetz has received only tepid support from Trump. The former President issued a statement saying Gaetz had not asked him for a pardon, adding, 'It must also be remembered that he has totally denied the accusations against him,'" the report states with the former Trump campaign official stating, "I think everyone's trying to keep it off their plate right now. I think everyone thinks that this is going the wrong direction for him."
The report goes on to note that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is set to speak with Gaetz upon his return after telling reporters the allegations about the lawmaker are "serious" as he also faces a House Ethics Committee inquiry.
CNN reports, "One question looming is whether Gaetz returns to Washington on Tuesday for House votes. He submitted a letter to the House clerk last month allowing him to vote by proxy -- which is allowed under House rules due to the pandemic -- but it's not clear if he will use it. Rep. Michael Waltz, the Florida Republican designated as his proxy, had not been asked to cast votes on Gaetz's behalf as of Sunday evening, according to Waltz's office."
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