The media is working hard to convince you that they caught Ted Cruz in a lie about working with John Boehner. But they are the ones lying, as usual.
During an interview hosted by Stanford in Government (SIG) and the Stanford Speakers Bureau, former House Speaker John Boehner referred to presidential candidate Ted Cruz as “Lucifer in the flesh.” He continued, “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”
But Boehner did not “work” with Ted Cruz. Boehner only worked against Cruz as he golfed with Trump, who Boehner referred to as his “texting buddy.”
The comments are reminiscent of other nasty names Boehner has used to describe the constant anti-establishment thorn in his side. Last year, the failed Speaker referred to Cruz as a “jackass,” and still another time as a “false prophet.
As reported at TrevorLoudon.com, Cruz responded in part by saying that he “…never worked with Boehner, and he’s only met him two or three times.” During a 2014 interview at cincinnati.com, Boehner confirmed that he has “not talked to [Cruz]” since he was elected:
— On Cruz, who has given Boehner heartburn by encouraging House conservatives to block moderate proposals floated by Boehner’s team: ‘I’ve not talked to him since he’s been elected’ to the Senate in 2012.
During Thursday’s press conference, Cruz said that he did attempt to reach out to Boehner, but was rebuffed:
“I’ve never had any substantive conversation with John Boehner in any respect,” said Cruz, but he did comment that during the government shutdown, he and Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee reached out to Boehner.
“I offered to come over and work with the speaker,” said Cruz. “I asked him, ‘can we resolve this and actually get something meaningful done to stop the disaster that is Obamacare?’ John Boehner’s response was ‘I have no interest in talking to you. What possibly could be accomplished by having a conversation? No, I will not meet.’”
The mainstream media was very excited to report that Ted Cruz was likely lying about not having a “substantive conversation” with Boehner. They point to an interview Boehner had on Leno as reported at the Washington Post, where Boehner said this:
“Ted Cruz used to be my attorney a long time ago. A good guy. I don’t always agree with him, but he’s a good guy.”
Cruz’s involvement in the case was also discussed in 1998 at The Seattle Times, where Cruz made a statement and was referred to as “an attorney for Boehner.”
Boehner did not speak of any relationship with Cruz, but still, the media was very excited to slam Cruz in any way possible:
- CBS breathlessly reported: “Cruz’s claim that he’s never spoken more than fifty words to Boehner is a dubious one…”
- NBC dramatically reported that although Cruz said that he has barely spoken with Boehner, “…the two men have a past. The former speaker had actually used Cruz’s considerable legal talents in a rare court fight among lawmakers. In fact, Ted Cruz was once John Boehner’s lawyer.” What is really disturbing about the NBC piece is that something closer to the truth is buried in the article: “Sources close to Boehner say he and Cruz had met during the lawsuit but likely never had contact after Cruz arrived on Capitol Hill in 2013.” So the article goes from “Ted Cruz was once John Boehner’s lawyer” to “…he [Boehner] and Cruz had met during the lawsuit”?
- The headline at
Trump NewsFox News was “Cruz claims he doesn’t know Boehner – but was his lawyer.”
- In an article titled “Ted Cruz, We’ve Caught You in a Lie,” Gawker quotes Cruz as saying “I’ve never worked with John Boehner… I’ve never known the man.” The article continues to condescendingly declare, “But Ted, you were his lawyer.”
Cruz campaign spokeswoman Catherine Frazier told MailOnline Cruz was a ‘junior associate’ assigned to the Boehner case. Frazier said,
“His [Cruz’s] involvement in it [Boehner’s case] didn’t extend beyond assisting with briefs and attending meetings with Boehner’s staff. He doesn’t recall personally interacting with Boehner during that time.”
Additionally, Cruz “Rapid Response Director” Brian Phillips tweeted:
He was NOT “John Boehner’s lawyer.” Cruz was a junior associate on the case and MAY have met him at the time. Maybe. https://t.co/7u0wsmQaeH
— Brian Phillips (@RealBPhil) April 28, 2016
Additionally, the Right Scoop got this statement from the Cruz campaign:
“It is false and misleading to describe Ted Cruz as having been ‘John Boehner’s lawyer.’ When Cruz was a young lawyer, his boss (Mike Carvin) was hired to be Boehner’s lawyer in one case. Cruz worked as a junior associate on that case, but he doesn’t remember even meeting Boehner, much less ever having had a substantive conversation with him.”
It is safe to say that John Boehner is a symbol of the corrupt D.C. establishment, which is why it is not exactly a boon to not-so-anti-establishment presidential candidate Donald Trump that the disgraced politician also bragged on Wednesday that he “…played golf with Donald Trump for years and that they were ‘texting buddies.'”
Indeed, way back in 2013 the “anti-establishment” Trump was quoted as praising Boehner:
“I know John Boehner very well, and I like John Boehner a lot. I think he’s got a very, very tough job, because he’s got factions within his own party that are pretty diametrically opposed to each other, but I think he’s got the right temperament, and I think he’s a terrific guy. He’s got to hold things together, and he’s been doing that.”
The revealing article, written by Betsy Woodruff continued:
“For now, though, Trump is keeping Republican insiders at arm’s length for the most part while he pays attention to data about his electoral prospects [for 2016].”
Trump’s praise for Boehner is eerily similar to his praise for the Clintons‘:
“Well first of all, I know her very well and I know her husband very well and I like them both. And they are, uh, you know, just really terrific people. I like them both very much…”
But Boehner and Trump are besties, evidently.
Boehner admitted that he and Trump are personal friends, but he didn’t come clean on whether they share bronzer. https://t.co/2prKv4VjPi
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) April 28, 2016
Boehner also slammed the House Freedom Caucus, referring to them “frequently” as the “knuckleheads” and “goofballs” in Congress.
Not surprisingly, Trump supporters have now decided to embrace John Boehner.
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