A Republican from Ohio tried to blame the Capitol riots on former president Donald Trump.
John Boehner accused the previous president of masterminding the Washington riots. Extreme protesters smashed windows, vandalized public property, seized offices, and forced a complete evacuation of both the House and Senate inside the Capitol Building on Jan. 6.
“[President Trump] incited that bloody insurrection for nothing more than selfish reasons, perpetuated by the [expletive] he had been shoveling since he lost a fair election the previous November,” the former House speaker said according to Axios.
Boehner omitted several examples of voting irregularities and completely dismissed any suggestion that election fraud happened during the last presidential race.
“[President Trump] claimed voter fraud without any evidence, and repeated those claims, taking advantage of the trust placed in him by his supporters and ultimately betraying that trust,” he said.
The disgruntled Republican also accused the previous Trump administration of resorting to unlawful violence and intimidation to achieve political objectives.
“Some of the people involved did not surprise me in the least,” he said. “The legislative terrorism that I had witnessed as speaker had now encouraged actual terrorism.”
He made the remarks without providing any incriminating evidence in his latest book entitled “On the House: A Washington Memoir.”
In hindsight, Boehner admitted he felt terrified about the GOP’s decision to verify the November election outcome.
“I will admit I was not prepared for what came after the election–Trump refusing to accept the results and stoking the flames of conspiracy that turned into violence in the seat of our democracy, the building over which I once presided,” he said according to the New York Times.
“Watching it was scary, and sad. It should have been a wake-up call for a return to Republican sanity … [and] whatever they end up doing, or not doing, none of it will compare to one of the lowest points of American democracy that we lived through in January 2021,” he added.
However, President Trump’s team dismissed the former House speaker’s criticism, and suggested the heated words were just part of a publicity stunt to sell more copies at the book stand.
“Was [Boehner] drinking when he made this statement? [He is] just another ‘Republican in name only’ who could not do the job!” Trump spokesman Jason Miller said, according to The Times.
Miller also described the author as nothing more than a “swamp creature” who favors “Communist China.”