WASHINGTON — Former House Speaker John Boehner assailed GOP House archconservatives led by Rep. Jim Jordan as the “knucklehead caucus,” calling them “anarchists” who are “for nothing.”
In a speech from a private gathering in Las Vegas casino/resort, the West Chester Republican took aim at the conservatives who pushed him from office at the end of 2015. Among those was Jordan, R-Urbana, who revolted against Boehner, even though he was the first speaker from Ohio since Republican Nicholas Longworth in 1931.
Boehner was asked to explain why House Republicans did not support House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to succeed Boehner as speaker.
“The knucklehead caucus decided they weren’t going to vote for him,” Boehner said. “Now these are the guys in the Republican Party you could call right of right. They are anarchists. They’re for nothing.”
“Jim Jordan and the House Freedom Caucus are for doing what we said we would do — repeal Obamacare, tax reform, secure borders, and an end to uncontrolled borrowing and spending,” said Jordan spokesman Darin Miller in a statement. “It’s no surprise that the establishment who want to continue ‘business as usual’ in Washington have a problem with that.”
Boehner also predicted, as he did earlier this year, that the GOP-controlled Congress will not be able to repeal and replace Obamacare.
“It’s been around too long,” Boehner said. “And the American people have gotten accustomed to it. Governors have gotten accustomed to this Medicaid expansion, and so trying to pull it back is really not going to work.”
The video of Boehner was obtained by The Washington Post. Although he did not mention Jordan by name, it was clear Boehner was referring to him.