Trump’s “refusal to accept the election result not only cost the Republican Senate, but led to mob violence,” the former speaker wrote in his forthcoming book, “On the House: A Washington Memoir” “It was painful to watch,” the Times reported on Wednesday.
Boener also said that the former president had instigated a bloody uprising for “nothing more than selfish reasons, he was talking nonsense after losing a fair election in November last year.”
“He claimed voter fraud without any evidence, and repeated those claims, taking advantage of the trust levied on him by his supporters and ultimately betraying that trust,” Bohner said according to the newspaper.
Trump’s advisor, Jason Miller, in a statement to CNN on Wednesday called Bohner a “swamp creature” and suggested that the former speaker’s criticism was motivated by trade interests with China. Boener Square is a senior strategic consultant with Patton Boggs, a large law firm with offices in the US and around the world, including China.
The Times reported that Trump asked Boener in an email to the paper, “Did he drink while making this statement? Just another rhino that couldn’t work!”
Boehner also wrote that he was not prepared for Trump to “refuse to accept the outcome and air the flames of conspiracy that turned into violence at the seat of our democracy” in the building he once presided over. “It was scary and sad to see. It should have been a wake-up call for a return to Republican sanctity.”
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