Multiple sources said U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, called Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas a derogatory name while speaking at an event in Colorado Wednesday.
— Alex Swoyer (@ASwoyer) August 27, 2015
Appearing at a fundraiser for Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., at the Ghost Ranch in Steamboat Springs, two people in attendance said Boehner approved of Cruz’s presidential campaign because it keeps “that jackass” out of Washington. The leader of the lower chamber also reportedly said he enjoys Cruz no longer telling him how to do his job.
“I don’t think it’s terribly speaker-like, and I think it kind of goes against everything that Reagan ever said about disparaging Republicans,” Ed MacArthur, president of Native Excavating, told The Daily Caller. MacArthur attended Wednesday’s event.
“It’s becoming very disturbing to me that we can’t have good, polite conversation,” MacArthur continued. “It all has to be at the throat.”
“I do believe he’s got the right to say it,” he added.
“I about fell on the floor,” said a woman in attendance who was not named.
“To build coalitions to work together in Washington, D.C., you don’t start it out by calling your colleague a ‘jackass,’” she added.
There has already been rapid reaction on social media since the story broke earlier today:
— Don schwartz (@Sr71u2) August 27, 2015
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