Cruz Responds to Boehner’s “Lucifer” Comment
Ted Cruz was all over the news yesterday after his big announcement that once nominated as the Republican Party candidate, he would swiftly choose Carly Fiorina as his running mate. Then, today, he was back in the news but this time, because of a former colleagues comment. John Boehner, former Speaker of the House, said that Ted Cruz was “Lucifer in the flesh.” Boehner continued that Trump and he were golfing buddies, and he much preferred the business billionaire to the Texas senator.
So, from an event in Indiana, Cruz used this comment to his advantage. For many Tea Party members, Boehner was viewed as a “RINO,” meaning “Republican in name only.” This group wanted Boehner to go, and saw him as a weak leader who would not stand up and fight for the true Conservative cause. Cruz appeals to this same group, and has proven that he is willing to even shut down the government in order to listen to the people. If you recall, Cruz was so adamant about defunding and repealing Obamacare, that Capitol Hill closed its doors for some time because it was unable to pass a budget. With these comments, Cruz has pivoted to show that Boehner and Trump are part of the Washington elite who do not adequately represent true Republicans.
With Carly Fiorina standing next to him, Cruz talked about his relationship with Boehner. According to Cruz, it was nothing more than a hello here and there, and he would be shocked if he exchanged more than fifty words with the former Speaker of the House. Cruz did say, that he called Boehner in order to talk about how conservatives could move forward after the government shutdown to contrive a plan to defund and repeal Obamacare. Boehner, according to Cruz, refused to work with him at all.
Cruz continued that when Boehner called him “Lucifer,” he is not just calling Cruz that name, but all true Conservatives that name. According to Cruz, Boehner and his Washington pals, funded by Trump, continue to refuse to listen to far right Republicans who want real action on illegal immigration, who want real protection from terrorist threats, and who want real, total replacement of Obamacare. Cruz said,”If you like what Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and John Boehner have done, then Donald Trump is your guy.”
For those who are angry with how Washington works, Cruz promises that Boehner’s comments show everything that is wrong with the system. He says that Boehner is angry that Cruz is “energizing and encouraging conservatives to stand with the American people.” He is angry that Cruz and other conservatives are “standing up to fight.”
Cruz wants to portray Trump as a Washington insider, and from Boehner’s recent comments, he can now paint the picture of Trump funding all the corruption in DC. Trump’s relationship to Boehner is the perfect example that Cruz needs to fuel the fire.