Slams ‘False Prophets’

Published: September 28, 2015

Slams ‘False Prophets’, House Speaker John Boehner slammed hard-line conservatives as “false prophets” who are merely “spreading noise” rather than trying to achieve anything tangible.

Speaking on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” the retiring Speaker pointed to the 2013 Affordable Care Act fight as an example of a tactic that “never had a chance” of success.”

“The Bible says beware of false prophets. And there are people out there, you know, spreading noise about how much can get done. I mean this whole notion that we’re going to shut down the government to get rid of Obamacare in 2013 — this plan never had a chance,” Boehner said.

“But over the course of the August recess in 2013 and in September, a lot of my Republican colleagues who knew this was a fool’s errand – really, they were getting all this pressure from home to do this,” he added.

Boehner said that conservative groups and lawmakers have purposely misled voters, charging that they’ve “whipped people into a frenzy believing they can accomplish things that they know — they know — are never going to happen.”

Conservatives have repeatedly threatened to shut down the government over various hot-button issues since Republicans took over the House in 2010, a tactic led by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and one that’s brought him considerable esteem among conservative voters.

Asked whether he was referring to Cruz specifically as a “false prophet,” Boehner pointed to a report suggesting he referred to the senator as a “jackass” at a private fundraiser.

“You can pick a lot of names out. I’ll let you choose them,” he said.


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