Sen. Ted Cruz spent the weekend blasting former House Speaker John Boehner after the ex-GOP leader told the Texas Republican to “go f— yourself” in a leaked audio recording.
In a clip from an upcoming CBS News interview, Boehner calls Cruz a “jerk” and accuses him of “making a lot of noise” but not being especially productive in Congress.
“I think he was probably recording at nine or ten in the morning so obviously he had too much wine that day already,” Cruz said in response. “This guy is a little unhinged.”
He also took on Twitter to mock the former Speaker.
“The Swamp is unhappy,” Cruz tweeted on Friday. “I wear with pride his drunken, bloviated scorn. Please don’t cry,” the lawmaker joked, referencing Boehner’s reputation for appearing publicly emotional at various points throughout his career.
In the CBS interview, Boehner says he doesn’t like to “beat anyone up” but he’d make an exception for Cruz.
“Perfect symbol, you know, of getting elected, making a lot of noise, draw a lot of attention to yourself, raise a lot of money, which means you’re gonna go make more noise, raise more money,” Boehner told CBS of how he views Cruz’s political career.
Boehner, an Ohio Republican who served as House speaker from 2011-2015, has been making the interview rounds promoting his book, “On The House: A Washington Memoir,” which comes out next week. Boehner represented Ohio’s 8th Congressional District from 1991-2015.
The Swamp is unhappy.
I wear with pride his drunken, bloviated scorn.
Please don’t cry. https://t.co/c90Ve2EOGq
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 9, 2021