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Rep. John Boehner On Tea Party Conservatives: 'Beware False Prophets'

Speaker John Boehner attacked conservatives like Sen. Ted Cruz for spreading misinformation and being false prophets.
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But the Bible says, beware of false prophets. And there are people out there spreading noise about how much can get done. - Speaker John Boehner FTN 09/27/15

Outgoing Speaker John Boehner had some harsh words for the radical tea party faction of the Congress that has now taken over the GOP. They are being controlled by right wing hate talk AM radio personalities and extremists that have blown up the hatred for immigrants to staggering heights.

Speaker Boehner explained why they are hucksters and false prophets.

Boehner: Listen, we have accomplished a lot over the four-and-a-half years that I was speaker, and whether it was the largest deficit reduction deal in the history of the country, saving $2.1 trillion, protecting 99 percent of the American people from an increase in our taxes, or the first major entitlement reforms in 20 years, all done over last four-and-a-half years with a Democrat president, and all voted against by my most conservative members because it wasn't good enough.

Really? This is the part that I really don't understand. Our founders gave us a system of government, a majority in the House, you need 60 votes in the Senate. If the House and Senate can agree, the president gets to decide. And our founders didn't want some parliamentary system where, if you won the majority, you got to do whatever you wanted. They wanted this long, slow process.

And so change comes slowly, and obviously too slowly for some.

DICKERSON: Well, are they unrealistic about what can be done government? That's the dysfunction.

BOEHNER: Absolutely they're unrealistic.

But the Bible says, beware of false prophets. And there are people out there spreading noise about how much can get done. I mean, this whole idea that we were going to shut down the government to get rid of Obamacare in 2013, this plan never had chance.

But over the course of the August recess in 2013, and the course of September, lot of my Republican colleagues who knew it was a fool's errand really they were getting all this pressure from home to do this. And so we have got groups here in town, members of the House and Senate here in town who whip people into a frenzy believing they can accomplish things that they know, they know are never going to happen.


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He also didn't back down from called Sen. Ted Cruz a jackass, either.

DICKERSON: Is Ted Cruz a false prophet?

BOEHNER: Listen, you can pick a lot of names out. I'll let you choose them.

DICKERSON: You don't debate that assertion?

BOEHNER: I'll refer you to my remark at a fund-raiser I made in August in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

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DICKERSON: Let me ask you about the -- by the way, you called Ted -- I believe the word you used was jackass, referring to Senator Cruz.

BOEHNER: I'm referring to that same remark.

He also said the government wouldn't be shut down over Planned Parenthood, but did make news by saying investigations on the heavily edited videos will begin soon:

We will also take up a select committee to investigate these horrific videos that we have seen from abortion clinics in several states that really raise questions about the use of federal funds and raise questions about aborted fetuses that are born alive.

(h/t Mediaite)

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