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John Boehner Calls Ted Cruz 'Lucifer in the Flesh'

Marjorie Kamys Cotera
Texas Tribune
Former House Speaker John Boehner in San Antonio on May 12, 2014.

From the Texas Tribune: Former House Speaker John Boehner has never been much of a fan of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.

He made that clearer than ever Wednesday.

“Lucifer in the flesh,” Boehner said of Cruz during an appearance at Stanford University, according to the student newspaper. “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life."

Boehner, who stepped down as speaker last year, is not known for masking his disdain for Cruz, whose crusades in the Senate have often reverberated in lower chamber. Boehner has previously called Cruz a "jackass" and reportedly raised a middle finger when asked about him.

In the same remarks at Stanford, Boehner said he is friendlier with another Republican presidential candidate: frontrunner Donald Trump. In Boehner's telling, according to The Stanford Daily, the two have played golf together and are "texting buddies."

That gave Cruz all the ammunition he needed to weigh in on Boehner's barbs Thursday morning.

"Tell me again who will stand up to Washington? Trump, who's Boehner's 'texting and golfing buddy,' or Carly & me?" Cruz tweeted, referring to his newly named running mate, Carly Fiorina. 

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