“Lucifer in the flesh,” said former House Speaker
APRIL 28, 2016
Is the establishment’s fervent hatred of Donald Trump starting a U-turn? It’s still too early to know, however at least one core Republican, former house speaker John Boehner, has made it very clear he is not a fan of Ted Cruz. At all. So much so that according to NBC the former Republican House Speaker told an audience at Stanford University Wednesday that the Texas senator is “Lucifer in the flesh” and a “miserable son of a bitch.“
When asked about the 2016 presidential candidate at a forum hosted by Stanford in Government and the Stanford Speakers Bureau, Boehner drew laughter for making a face of disgust, according to the Stanford Daily.
“Lucifer in the flesh,” Boehner said cited by the paper. “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’s shocking statement came because he was urged by the event’s moderator, Professor David M. Kennedy, to be frank because the event was not being broadcasted. Perhaps Boehner did not realize people were still taking notes.
Curiously, and an indication that the GOP faithful may be turning in their support for Trump, the former Ohio lawmaker had kinder words for his “texting buddy” Donald Trump, with whom Boehner has played golf with for “years.”
And a surprising admission: Boehner said he’d vote for Donald Trump in the general election if he were the Republican nominee, but he would not vote for Ted Cruz.
Actually we take that back: the establishment is turning in their support of Trump.
Boehner also said John Kasich was a “friend” too, although he suggested that the relationship takes “more effort” than others. “[Kasich] requires more effort on my behalf than all my other friends … but he’s still my friend, and I love him,” Boehner said.
As the Hill reminds us, Cruz was a thorn in Boehner’s side during several standoffs with the Obama administration, and some of his actions likely cost Boehner support from his own conference. Cruz met with House members of the conservative Freedom Caucus — an unusual move for a freshman senator — in 2013 and pushed them to fight to defund ObamaCare. The effort eventually led to a government shutdown that hurt the GOP. Boehner reportedly called Cruz a “jackass” over the issue.
At Stanford, a Boehner unburdened by the shackles of the office reportedly garnered laughter and smiles from the attendees as he struck a more informal tone than in most of his past previous appearances.
26 Apr 2016
TAMPA, Florida —Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) 89%, a conservative running for the GOP nomination to replaceSen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 79%in the U.S. Senate in November, called out his own party’s leadership for its failure to hold the IRS accountable, years after the agency refused to comply with congressional investigations into its targeting of conservative groups.
DeSantis is part of a small group of conservatives in the House pushing to impeach IRS commissioner John Koskinen. He tells Breitbart News that House Speaker Rep.PAUL RYAN(R-WI) 56%’s leadership team has backed down from holding Koskinen accountable.
“I think what’s holding it back, I think the leadership is worried about being criticized by inside the Beltway media and stuff,” Desantis told Breitbart News at a gun show here. “We are going to try to force the issue potentially in a way that at least people have to go on the record, look I think if Republicans have to go on the record on it, it will sail through because no one wants to be defending a recalcitrant IRS commissioner.”
DeSantis and some other conservative members in the House Freedom Caucus, which is chaired by the Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) 94%, are planning to lead an effort this week to force the issue. In mid-April, a band of Freedom Caucus members took to the House floor to lead a special order to call attention to the fact that leadership has thus far ignored the matter.
Ryan’s leadership team, in many ways, has frustrated conservatives nationwide because of his unwillingness to pick a fight with President Barack Obama on issues ranging from government overregulation to agency power abuse and transparency to Muslim refugee resettlement to immigration to trade to budget matters. Despite grassroots conservatives’ dissatisfaction with Ryan in his early days as Speaker, however, most conservatives inside Congress have thus far been unwilling to challenge him. But that’s starting to change—and much faster than it did for now former Speaker John Boehner, who Ryan replaced.
The Puerto Rico bailout issue led to Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) 86% speaking out against leadership. Ryan’s team’s aggressive lobbying of members on the bailout, including an outrageous request that they look the other way and say nothing as Ryan’s allies forced the bailout through the Natural Resources Committee on a voice vote, has sparked tensions.
Now, Ryan’s unwillingness to impeach Koskinen is becoming an issue within the conference. DeSantis is planning to find a way to move forward with his and his conservative colleagues’ efforts to press for accountability inside the IRS.
“We just had tax filing season and you can ask any tax payer that if the IRS audited them and they subpoenaed documents and you destroyed the documents they wanted, if you lied to the IRS or you refused to comply with the audit in any other way, you’d never be able to get away with that,” DeSantis told Breitbart News.
And yet, that’s how the IRS has behaved with Congress when we’re trying to get the truth about the targeting investigation.They destroyed 24,000 emails that were under two congressional subpoenas, the commissioner has come to Congress and made multiple false statements. They didn’t even do basic due diligence to even try to find anything. They didn’t even look at Lerner’s Blackberry. So what we’ve been doing, me and probably about thirty to forty of my colleagues, is you cannot have a situation where the head of this powerful agency operates under a lower standard of conduct than that which is expected of tax payers he is empowered to audit. I think he has breached the public trust and I think we need to use the power of impeachment of civil officers to impeach the IRS commissioner and remove him from office. So we have filed those articles and we are pushing to get those heard as soon as possible, we haven’t had luck yet with the leadership but we’re not quitting we’re going to continue to push the issue. I think the American people are so sick of you know government imposes all these rules on them and if they run afoul to it there are consequences, yet, the people in positions of power, they are never held accountable and that just cannot last.
This is hardly the first time since President Obama has been in office that there’s been a showdown between not just the administration and congressional Republicans over a lingering scandal, but also between congressional conservatives and their leadership. Back when Boehner resisted holding then Attorney General Eric Holder accountable for the Operation Fast and Furious scandal, it was a band of unlikely rebels who began calling for Holder’s resignation that eventually forced Boehner—months later—to allow a vote to hold Holder in both criminal and civil contempt of Congress for covering up the documents under subpoena. After years of legal battles thanks to the civil contempt resolution, Congress has finally started breaking through Holder’s obstruction—and President Obama’s wrongful use of executive privilege to hide the documents.
Then, after the Benghazi scandal, Boehner held out as long as he could before eventually allowing for the creation of the Benghazi Select Committee—chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy BE(R-SC) 86%—under enormous pressure and a discharge petition just a few signatures away from being able to force the creation of the committee without Boehner’s approval anyway.
Those battles laid the groundwork for Boehner’s eventual ouster, as it was during that timeframe that coalitions formed among various unlikely allies throughout the GOP conference in which they tried two times unsuccessfully to remove him as Speaker. On the third go-around, though, conservatives had amassed enough votes to force Boehner to resign before a special resolution from
that would have removed him whether he wanted to leave or not was brought to the floor. Boehner literally resigned moments after he found out that conservatives had enough votes to pull him out of office thanks to Meadows’ vacate the chair resolution.
Now, DeSantis is moving forward with this plan to hold Koskinen accountable. H says he isn’t looking for a fight with Ryan. But if Ryan stands in his way, this could be deja vu all over again in the House at it could set up the beginnings of yet another one of those epic showdowns between Republicans and Obama—and between conservatives and leadership.
“Normally thirty years ago if someone got a subpoena they would produce the documents but now the bureaucracy has figured out, we don’t gotta do anything for congress we can just do what we want, why would we comply?” DeSantis told Breitbart News. “That’s the attitude they have and their getting away with it. So what we’re trying to do is say that that attitude is unacceptable and we need to hold someone accountable. The thing is it would be good for the IRS to do that but it’d also sends a signal to everyone else in the bureaucracy that if you guys get over your skies, Congress is going to use the authority that it has.”
DeSantis implored grassroots conservatives across the country to join his cause—and he gave them explicit instructions on how to do so.
“You need to contact your member of congress and you need to tell them to cosponsor the articles of impeachment that have been filed against the IRS commissioner,” DeSantis said.
If they do that then that will help us push it forward. I mean we have a good critical mass but I’d like to get many, many more, so that it’s clear that this is representative of the vast number of Republican voters nationwide…What happens is leadership is going to respond if their members are saying look my constituents want action here, that’s how leadership responds. Look, if you show up at your member’s town hall and you just ask them, here is what the IRS has done, the commissioner has done this, do you think he should be impeached and removed? I think most Republicans on the record are going to have to say yes on that.
WRITTEN BY: MATTHEW K. BURKE
RINO Speaker of the House Paul Ryan 56% is being opposed in Wisconsin by businessman Paul Nehlen who announced on Wednesday a creative way to grab attention and spread the message that now is the time to “Dump Ryan.”
A big, yellow, badass-looking dump truck emblazoned with the words, “Get the DIRT on Ryan at…DUMP PAUL RYAN .COM.” DumpPaulRyan.com explains in detail how Ryan has betrayed the voters of Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District, making the case that Paul Ryan, 2012 loser Mitt Romney’s failed running mate, is a sellout, with approximately 83 percent of his funding coming from outside of the district.
Paul Nehlen said in a statement that the truck, which will be touring Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District, is a powerful way to “build awareness of the ways Ryan has sold out his own district,” citing issues like being soft on illegal immigration, ill-conceived trade deals and not being willing to stop massive growth in deficit spending.
“Wisconsin’s 1st District has deep roots in manufacturing and industry, in design and engineering,” noted Paul Nehlen, Ryan’s primary challenger. “We’ve been a powerhouse in these respects. But Paul Ryan is now undermining us at every turn—on spending, on trade, on immigration, and more. He’s broken every single promise he’s made to us. A lot of us, me included, have had to ask ourselves why his votes no longer line up with our interests. We’ve had to ask ourselves who exactly Ryan is representing because it’s clearly not us any longer.
“It turns out that his campaign finance reports explain the discrepancy between what Paul Ryan says to us here at home and what he does when he’s in Washington. Eighty-three percent of Ryan’s funding comes from outside of our district—and of that 83 percent, 65 percent has come in the form of large donations from in and around Washington D.C. Paul Ryan isn’t representing us anymore—he’s representing his special-interest buddies in D.C. The #DumpRyan tour is a powerful way to shed light on that fact.”
Nehlen said that Wisconsinites will be able to track the location of the #DumpRyan truck at DumpPaulRyan.com.
“We encourage people not only to follow the travels of the #DumpRyan truck, we look forward to seeing them at various stops around the district,” Nehlen said. “We’re going to provide a lot of information, and we’re going to have fun doing it. This campaign will continue to bring the fight to Paul Ryan all the way to Election Day.”
Paul Ryan has been mentioned as a potential GOP nominee at what is sure to be a contested Republican convention in July, even though he has not been a presidential candidate. RINOs like John Boehner and Karl Rove have floated the idea of parachuting in the establishment favorite with the hopes of stopping either a Donald Trump or Ted Cruz 97% nomination. On Tuesday, Ryan strongly put to bed the idea, saying that he wouldn’t accept the nomination even if it was offered to him and said, “Count me out.”
Paul Ryan, like Eric Cantor in Virginia before him, is in trouble — as are all establishment-backed politicians who have a long history of broken problems. As now-Congressman Dave Brat has proven, it doesn’t matter how much money (Cantor outspent Brat 40-1 and lost) Ryan has, an energized and angry grassroots candidacy with the right candidate can defeat anybody, including someone as entrenched and well-funded as Paul Ryan.
BY PAUL BEDARD
House Speaker Paul Ryan set new fundraising records in the first quarter of 2016, raising an unheard of $17 million, and a total of $23 million since becoming speaker last fall.
“Team Ryan” reported Wednesday that it raised so much money so fast that it was able to transfer $11 million to the National Republican Congressional Committee, far more than former House Speaker John Boehner, himself a fundraising whiz, transferred in his three best quarters combined.
Allies credited Ryan’s focus on pushing a new Republican agenda for re-engaging donors, calling his success a “movement” aimed at keeping control of the House to pursue Republican ideas.
Kevin Seifert, executive director of Team Ryan, said: “Six months ago, Paul Ryan was not speaker of the House and Team Ryan, his political operation, didn’t even exist. Since then, Speaker Ryan has gone all in, determined to defend and strengthen our House Republican majority so we can turn this country around.”
Added Rep. Ann Wagner, the NRCC’s fundraising boss, “Some in Washington doubted whether Paul could advance a substantive agenda, raise the funds necessary to defend and expand our House Majority, and still be a devoted husband and father – the numbers that Paul and Team Ryan have posted this quarter should remove all doubt.”
The chairman of the group, Rep. Greg Walden, said, “Because of his efforts, his desire to advance solutions, and his working in tandem with our House majority, the NRCC is in the best financial position in its history going into the election year. Paul has worked tirelessly to put our members in a position to succeed in November and we could not have a more capable leader at the helm.”
In addition to helping his side, Ryan for Congress raised $4.6 million so far this year and has $7.6 million cash on hand, the highest of any member of Congress. “The speaker’s re-elect is in a strong place,” said Team Ryan already looking ahead to his election in Wisconsin.
What’s more, his Prosperity Action PAC has written dozens of checks to House members up for reelection totaling over $230,000.
Ryan, who on Tuesday ruled out a presidential bid, has been busy promoting his agenda and raising money this year, holding over 40 events in Washington that raised nearly $3.7 million for House Republicans and nearly 100 other events out of town.
He also worked the computer, raising $383,000 online for the NRCC. Associates revealed that the NRCC raised more money online from two Ryan emails than they did online in the entire month of March 2014.
The Team Ryan Joint Fundraising Committee is comprised of Ryan for Congress, Inc., Prosperity Action PAC, Inc. & the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner’s “Washington Secrets” columnist, can be contacted at email@example.com
BY CALEB SMITH
Politics these days, amirite?
It’s a common refrain, both in the news media and among Americans who are sick and tired of hearing politicians battle over insults rather than ideas. Imagine, for a moment, if politics was about actually about uniting Americans, not dividing us.
That’s the kind of America that House Republicans are working towards. It’s a confident America, where people are empowered to reach their full potential.
Speaker Ryan explains more in the 43-second video
“What really bothers me the most about politics these days is this notion of identity politics: that we’re going to win an election by dividing people, rather than inspiring people on our common humanity and our common ideals and our common culture on the things that should unify us. We all want to be prosperous. We all want to be healthy. We want everybody to succeed. We want people to reach their potential in their lives.
“Now, liberals and conservatives are going to disagree with one another on that. No problem. That’s what this is all about.
“So let’s have a battle of ideas. Let’s have a contest of whose ideas are better and why our ideas are better.”
Ted Cruz told reporters in Wisconsin the story was “all lies.” Cruz then went on to blame the article on Donald Trump and his “henchmen.”
But the rumors did not start with Donald Trump.
** The rumors were started by the Rubio Campaign and anti-Trump GOP elites.
Last week author, lawyer and activist Mike Cernovich offered a $10,000 reward for the sex tape.
The National Enquirer is releasing a new report this week on the cheating scandal and it doesn’t look good for Ted Cruz.
Via Radar Online: http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/…