In an excerpt from his upcoming book, former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) came clean about the Republican Party he walked away from saying it went out of its mind when Barack Obama was elected and now is rapidly filling up with lawmakers who want to do nothing but "blow up Washington," raise money and get on Fox News.
Looking back on his days in Congress, Boehner said he tried to explain the nuances of getting legislation passed but found it was increasingly falling upon the deaf ears of newcomers who were only looking to raise their own profiles as back-bench bomb-throwers.
According to Boehner, "I was presiding over a large group of people who'd never sat in Congress, I felt I owed them a little tutorial on governing. I had to explain how to actually get things done. A lot of that went straight through the ears of most of them, especially the ones who didn't have brains that got in the way. Incrementalism? Compromise? That wasn't their thing. A lot of them wanted to blow up Washington. That's why they thought they were elected," adding, "Some of them, well, you could tell they weren't paying attention because they were just thinking of how to fundraise off of outrage or how they could get on Hannity that night."
The former senior Republican went on to explain that the change in newly-elected Republicans entering Congress can be tied to the rise of conservative Fox News and -- more directly to former head Roger Ailes -- who became the ringleader for paranoid attacks on Obama.
"At some point after the 2008 election, something changed with my friend Roger Ailes. I once met him in New York during the Obama years to plead with him to put a leash on some of the crazies he was putting on the air. It was making my job trying to accomplish anything conservative that much harder. I didn't expect this meeting to change anything, but I still thought it was bullshit, and I wanted Roger to know it," he wrote. "When I put it to him like that, he didn't have much to say. But he did go on and on about the terrorist attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, which he thought was part of a grand conspiracy that led back to Hillary Clinton. Then he outlined elaborate plots by which George Soros and the Clintons and Obama (and whoever else came to mind) were trying to destroy him."
Talking about Ailes paranoia, he added, "And it was clear that he believed all of this crazy stuff. I walked out of that meeting in a daze. I just didn't believe the entire federal government was so terrified of Roger Ailes that they'd break about a dozen laws to bring him down. I thought I could get him to control the crazies, and instead I found myself talking to the president of the club. One of us was crazy. Maybe it was me."
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Months before the 2020 election, Donald Trump began questioning the legitimacy of the vote, repeatedly claiming that it was impossible for him to lose to Joe Biden.
In October, Trump discussed how it would be psychologically devastating if he were to lose the election, going so far as to say he would be so embarrassed he might have to leave the country in shame.
"Maybe I'll have to leave the country. I don't know." -- Trump on what could happen if he loses to Biden pic.twitter.com/NGrXDwjaSd
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 17, 2020
Yet Trump did lose the election and began ramping up his lies that he won.
When voters in Georgia went to the polls for the state's runoff elections in January, many Republicans reportedly believed Trump's lies enough to conclude that there was no point in voting.
Trump discussed the situation during his "Big Lie" rally in Phoenix on Saturday.
"And what happened is we had two senators running, a couple of months later, and you know what happened to them? The Republicans said, 'We're not going out to vote, because this was rigged, this election was rigged,'" Trump explained, inadvertently revealing how his lies hurt the GOP at the ballot box.
The loss of the two seats resulted in Democratic Party control of the U.S. Senate.
Trump-loving lawyer L. Lin Wood threatened a boycott of the runoffs on November 21st.
Republicans in Georgia agreed that Trump cost them the election.
"Trump is the cause of this, lock, stock and barrel," said one GOP strategist fumed.
In March, Georgia Republicans warned Trump's ongoing lies could also depress GOP turnout in 2022.
Trump saying Republicans didn’t turn out to vote in senate races in Georgia because they believed the election rigg… https://t.co/B5QkzIYkeA— Acyn (@Acyn) 1627168789.0
Donald Trump attacked the Republican governor of Arizona during a speech in Phoenix on Saturday.
Trump said Gov. Doug Ducey, "doesn't do a damn thing" because he refused to go along with Trump's efforts to overturn the election in Arizona, which was won by Joe Biden.
The former president discussed a phone call he had with Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward.
"Why wouldn't the governor want an audit?" Trump says he asked Ward.
Trump want on to say Ducey always wanted to be in the front row at his rallies.
"But I'd introduce and him and I wouldn't get much of an applause and I'd get a lot of boos and I kept saying, 'You know, this guy's not very popular.' But now, you know what, he's not popular with me either," Trump said.
Trump also said he told people that he would refuse to endorse Ducey if the governor ran for U.S. Senate in Arizona. Democrats captured both of the state's U.S. Senate seats during Trump's time in office.
Donald Trump traveled to Arizona on Saturday to push his "Big Lie" about election fraud against the backdrop of the widely-panned Arizona audit, which began on April 22 and continues to this day.
The event is being hosted by the far-right group Turning Point Action, which is headed by Charlie Kirk.
The event was attended by Republican Reps. Andy Biggs, Paul Gosar and Debbie Lesko.
Before Trump spoke, Arizona state Sen. Michelle Ugenti was booed off stage for perceived insufficient fealty to the former president.
🔴 President Donald Trump Speaks at ‘Rally To Protect Our Elections’ in Phoenix, AZ www.youtube.com
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