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New York Times: Boehner lays blame for 'that bloody insurrection' at Trump's feet

April 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Former House Speaker John Boehner attends a ceremony to unveil a portrait of himself on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 in Washington. (AP Photo/Michael A. McCoy)

Former House Speaker John Boehner said former President Donald Trump "incited that bloody insurrection" at the US Capitol and blamed his false election claims for the GOP losing control of Congress, according to excerpts from his forthcoming book obtained by The New York Times.

(CNN)Former House Speaker John Boehner said former President Donald Trump "incited that bloody insurrection" at the US Capitol and blamed his false election claims for the GOP losing control of Congress, according to excerpts from his forthcoming book obtained by The New York Times.

Republicans have wobbled over whether to embrace the 45th President's legacy as an electoral strategy, and Boehner's scathing rebuke amounts to the latest plea by the former de facto head of the GOP to resist Trump's influence as it defines itself in the Biden era.

Trump's "refusal to accept the result of the election not only cost Republicans the Senate but led to mob violence," the former speaker writes in his forthcoming book, "On the House: A Washington Memoir," adding, "It was painful to watch," the Times reported Wednesday.

Boehner also wrote he wasn't prepared for Trump "refusing to accept the results and stoking the flames of conspiracy that turned into violence in the seat of our democracy" in the building he once presided over.

Since then, he has occasionally publicly voiced disillusionment with the GOP under Trump's influence, saying in 2018, "There is no Republican Party.

Several leading Republicans have met with Trump, and the 45th president has announced plans to be an active participant in the midterm elections, including with his endorsement of Rep. Mo Brooks in the Alabama US Senate race on Wednesday.

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