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Published on April 19, 2021 3:45 AM

by The Oregon Herald Staff
Former House Speaker John Boehner dismissed the idea of running for office in the future. I'd rather set myself on fire than to run for office again,
WASHINGTON DC - On 'Meet the Press' on Sunday with Chuck Todd, former Republican US House Speaker John Boehner said: "I'd rather set myself on fire than to run for office again," Boehner of Ohio replied to show moderator

In response, Todd said that he asked Boehner that question "because I expected an answer just like that."

"You're a sh-t," Boehner chuckled.

Boehner has been promoting his new book "On The House: A Washington Memoir." After an excerpt was published by Politico, it was met with backlash from Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who was called a "reckless asshole" in the book, as Insider previously reported.

Boehner, who voted for former President Donald Trump for re-election in 2020, said he was "disappointed" with what followed. Trump repeatedly pushed baseless claims that the presidential election was rigged and that he won over President Joe Biden, ultimately resulting in an angry mob storming the US Capitol building.

"I was disappointed at what happened after the election. I kept looking for evidence of a stolen election like most Americans did. Where's the evidence? How can he keep saying something without providing any proof? And there wasn't any," Boehner said on "Meet the Press," calling the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection "one of the saddest days in my life."

When asked by Todd about Trump, Boehner added that he has "no interest" in the former president's actions.

"I'm trying to make sure that Republicans understand as a Republican party we need to go back to the principles of what it means to be Republican. Things like fiscal responsibility, things like a strong national defense, things that hold Republicans and the Republican party together and have for the 150 years. Let's go back to being Republicans," he said.

The WeekOne America News Network producer says 'majority' of employees didn't believe reports on voter fraud claimsMarty Golingan, a producer at One America News Network, a right-wing cable news channel often noted for its affinity for former President Donald Trump, told The New York Times he was worried his work may have helped inspire the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. At one point during the incident, Golingan said he caught sight of someone in the mob holding a flag with OAN's logo.

"I was like, OK, that's not good. That's what happens when people listen to us," he told the Times, referring to OAN's coverage of the 2020 presidential election, which often gave credence to Trump's unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud and Democratic conspiracies. Golingan said that many of his colleagues, including himself, disagreed with the coverage.

"The majority of people did not believe the voter fraud claims being run on the air," he told the Times. Indeed, the Times interviewed 18 current and former OAN employees, 16 of whom said the channel has "broadcast reports that they considered misleading, inaccurate, or untrue." But Allysia Britton, a former producer and one of more than a dozen employees to leave OAN in the wake of the riot, explained that while "many people have raised concerns ... when people speak up about anything, you will get in trouble." Read more at The New York Times. More stories from theweek.comThe new HBO show you won't be able to stop watching Changing election laws7 cartoons about Biden's Afghanistan withdrawal.

Frankly, it incited a lot of people to show up in Washington on January 6th under false pretenses. It was a sad moment in American history," Boehner added.

Trump claimed for months that the election was stolen from him and called people to Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6 for a "Stop the Steal" rally.

After the rally, a mob of pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, interrupting the certification of the Electoral College results by Congress. Five people died, including a Capitol Police officer. Numerous videos showed police officers being beaten by members of the crowd, which also vandalized the Capitol.

Boehner told Time magazine he didn't comment on Trump's election fraud claims leading up to Jan. 6 because he is retired and he didn't want to get in the "day-to-day rumble of politics."

Boehner is promoting a book and has repeatedly ripped the former president in interviews, at one point saying Trump is "unemployed" and has "nothing else to do but cause trouble."

Although Boehner declined to comment on the behavior of some Republicans in office who continue to believe the election was stolen, his book is critical of Tea Party conservatives and GOP figures such as Sen. Ted Cruz .

"Ted Cruz: There is nothing more dangerous than a reckless ass---- who thinks he is smarter than everyone else," Boehner wrote in his book.

Boehner has not been silent about his dismay over the events on Jan. 6, as stated in a tweet the day after the riots.

"The invasion of our Capitol by a mob, incited by lies from some entrusted with power, is a disgrace to all who sacrificed to build our Republic," Boehner said at the time.

I once said the party of Lincoln and Reagan is off taking a nap. The nap has become a nightmare for our nation. The GOP must awaken. The invasion of our Capitol by a mob, incited by lies from some entrusted with power, is a disgrace to all who sacrificed to build our Republic.

A spokesman for Trump, Jason Miller, responded to attacks from Boehner in the New York Times saying, "Was he drinking when he made this statement? Just another RINO who couldn't do the job!"

Speaking on "The View" about his new book, "On the House: A Washington Memoir," which chronicles his four years as House speaker and shows him with his trademark glass of merlot wine on the cover, Boehner was asked about far-right factions growing in the Republican Party, with "The View" host Sunny Hostin citing Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., and Lauren Boebert, R-Colo.

"I should say that 90% of the members of Congress on both sides of the aisle are really good decent people trying to do the right thing for the American people every day. There's a fringe in both parties that make it difficult for the leaders, frankly, to lead," Boehner said. "These days both parties are being held hostage by the loudest voices in their parties."

"After I retired, I thought I had a pretty interesting life, very interesting career. I have a few stories and people might find it interesting. Then you take a couple years to get around and then putting the book together, and we finally got there. There was no intent to delay or no intent to wait," Boehner said. "Once you get out of office, I've been out of office five years, you have a little time to reflect."