Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) exchanged a war of words with former House Speaker John Boehner. Cruz attacked the fellow Republican after a teaser video clip from an upcoming "CBS Sunday Morning" interview featured Boehner calling Cruz a "jerk" and a "political terrorist."
While out promoting his new book "On the House: A Washington Memoir" that is set for release on Tuesday, Boehner lambasted Trump allies Cruz and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) by calling them "political terrorists." Boehner hammered Jordan, criticizing the fellow Ohioan, "I just never saw a guy who spent more time tearing things apart and never building anything, never putting anything together."
In the interview with CBS News journalist John Dickerson, Boehner called Cruz the "ultimate false prophet," according to the Daily Caller.
"I don't beat anybody up, it's not really my style, except for that jerk," Boehner said of Cruz. "Perfect symbol, you know, of getting elected, making a lot of noise, draw a lot of attention to yourself, raise a lot of money, which means you're gonna go make more noise, raise more money."
Cruz fired back at Boehner on Twitter.
"The Swamp is unhappy," Cruz tweeted. "I wear with pride his drunken, bloviated scorn."
"Please don't cry," Cruz added, referring to several occasions when Boehner got emotional in public.
The Swamp is unhappy. I wear with pride his drunken, bloviated scorn. Please don’t cry. https://t.co/c90Ve2EOGq— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz) 1617990151.0
While recording the audiobook of his upcoming memoir, Boehner reportedly went off script and cursed at Cruz. Boehner allegedly told Cruz to "go f*** yourself."
Cruz responded to the report during his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February.
"You know yesterday, John Boehner made some news," Cruz said at CPAC. "He suggested that I do something that was anatomically impossible. To which my response was, who's John Boehner?"
Boehner tweeted, "Poured myself a glass of something nice to read my audiobook. You can blame the wine for the expletives."
Poured myself a glass of something nice to read my audiobook. You can blame the wine for the expletives.… https://t.co/wegEH1vaq2— John Boehner (@John Boehner) 1614260417.0
In 2016, Boehner said Cruz is "Lucifer in the flesh."