Former Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Monday said the “unemployed” former President Trump has nothing better to do than stir up trouble following his departure from Washington.
“Here’s a guy who’s unemployed, has nothing else to do but cause trouble. And clearly, it’s obvious to me that he’s not going away,” Boehner said on “The View.”
Boehner was asked by co-host Sara Haines when the GOP “wake-up call” was coming, given that many current elected Republican officials refuse to condemn the former president’s false claims about 2020 election fraud which Trump repeated at a gathering of Republican National Committee (RNC) officials over the weekend.
“The president abused the loyalty and the trust that voters had placed in him by perpetuating this noise,” Boehner said, adding that it was one of “the sadder things I’ve seen in the last 40 years in politics.”
“[Trump] abused the loyalty and the trust that voters had placed in him by perpetuating this noise.” pic.twitter.com/W7dSa5V7Ey
– The View (@TheView) April 12, 2021
Boehner’s Monday salvo is just the latest pointed criticism he has levied at Trump as he promotes his new book, “On the House: A Washington Memoir.” He has told reporters that he felt compelled to speak out following the assault on the U.S. Capitol in January.
Trump’s “refusal to accept the result of the election not only cost Republicans the Senate but led to mob violence. … It was painful to watch,” the former speaker wrote in the book, according to excerpts published by The New York Times.
“I’ll admit I wasn’t prepared for what came after the election – Trump refusing to accept the results and stoking the flames of conspiracy that turned into violence in the seat of our democracy, the building over which I once presided,” he reportedly continued in the book.