‘Political Twitter’ is buzzing tonight over a new John Boehner profile by POLITICO. The former House Speaker opined on the Freedom Caucus and took shots at conservative media figures like radio host Mark Levin and Fox News host Sean Hannity.
Former House Speaker Boehner complained Levin, Hannity and Limbaugh went to the “dark side,” espousing a right-wing political view that was too right-wing for establishment Republicans like himself.
Boehner complained to POLITICO:
“[Mark Levin] went really crazy right and got a big audience, and he dragged [Sean] Hannity to the dark side. He dragged Rush to the dark side. And these guys—I used to talk to them all the time. And suddenly they’re beating the living shit out of me.” Boehner, seated in his favorite recliner, lights another cigarette. “I had a conversation with Hannity, probably about the beginning of 2015. I called him and said, ‘Listen, you’re nuts.’ We had this really blunt conversation. Things were better for a few months, and then it got back to being the same-old, same-old. Because I wasn’t going to be a right-wing idiot.”
Hannity took to Twitter to respond to Boehner’s account of the 2015 phone call.
“John were you sober when you said this? That conversation never happened. I’m sorry you are bitter and u failed!,” tweeted Hannity.
Tweet credit: Sean Hannity
John were you sober when you said this? That conversation never happened. I’m sorry you are bitter and u failed! https://t.co/SLquw7rXZv
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) October 30, 2017
Boehner also blamed “social media,” for polarizing Americans.
“It was modern-day media, and social media, that kept pushing people further right and further left. People started to figure out … they could choose where to get their news. And so what do people do? They choose places they agree with, reinforcing the divide,” said Boehner.
As MSNBC staffer Kyle Griffin tweeted, Boehner also had choice words for Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)
“Fuck [Jim] Jordan. Fuck [Jason] Chaffetz. They’re both assholes,” fumed Boehner.
Tweet credit: Kyle Griffin
John Boehner: "Fuck [Jim] Jordan. Fuck [Jason] Chaffetz. They're both assholes." https://t.co/6UEXIvpSPF
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 30, 2017