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"Lucifer in the flesh" - a US political heavyweight isn't a fan of Ted Cruz

“I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”

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FORMER US HOUSE speaker John Boehner, who stepped down last year, let fly with a stunning critique of fellow Republican and 2016 presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, labeling him the devil incarnate.

“Lucifer in the flesh” is how the ever-blunt Republican heavyweight described the Texas senator, who is struggling to block billionaire Donald Trump’s march to the Republican presidential nomination, according to the Stanford Daily newspaper.

“I have Democrat friends and Republican friends,” Boehner said. “I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”

Boehner’s remarks were made at a public talk late yesterday at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

Asked about the comments today while campaigning in Indiana, Cruz sniffed: “He allowed his inner Trump to come out.”

Cruz is widely seen as one of the more intransigent members of Congress, and critics on both sides of the aisle blame him for triggering a 16-day federal government shutdown in late 2013.

“When John Boehner calls me Lucifer, he’s not directing that at me. He’s directing that at you,” he said, alluding to his conservative supporters.

“What Boehner is angry with me for is standing with the American people, is energizing and encouraging House conservatives to stand with the American people and actually honor the commitments we have made,” he said.

During his tenure as the top lawmaker in Congress, Boehner rarely held back when frustrated or dissatisfied — especially with the gridlock in Washington.

But even by his standards, the Ohioan’s unvarnished appraisal of a fellow Republican lawmaker who is running for the nation’s highest office was startling.

His irascible temperament was on full display at Stanford.

He called members of the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus “goofballs.”

He also revealed he is friends and “texting buddies” with Trump and has played golf with the brash billionaire for years.

John Kasich, the Ohio governor who is trailing in the Republican nomination race, “requires more effort on my behalf than all my other friends,” Boehner said. “But he’s still my friend, and I love him.”

© – AFP, 2016

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