John Boehner, the former Republican Congressman from Ohio and one-time Speaker of the House, gave a wide-ranging interview at Stanford University that is raising eyebrows for his blunt talk about Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
"Lucifer in the flesh," Boehner said of Cruz, who's currently challenging Republican front-runner Donald Trump for the GOP presidential nomination. "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 said he would not vote for Cruz if the Texas Senator were to capture the nomination, which is unlikely given Trump's big lead in the delegate count.
Cruz responded to the criticism on Twitter by retweeting conservative responses to Boehner.
“Best endorsement for Cruz yet. The establishment loathes the man,” tweeted conservative pundit Dana Loesch.
But the former Speaker said he would vote for Trump and added that the two men are longtime golf partners and “texting buddies,” according to the Stanford Daily.
Boehner was asked about Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, who is still in the Republican race but has no chance of winning the nomination through winning delegates before the convention. But Boehner didn't seem too thrilled about his home state colleague.
“[Kasich] requires more effort on my behalf than all my other friends … but he’s still my friend, and I love him,” he said.
Boehner also gave his thoughts on the Democratic race, where front-runner Hillary Clinton has a strong lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the popular insurgent candidate who has managed to put up a strong fight against the Democratic Party's establishment pick.
"While stating that he disagreed with Sanders on all the issues, [Boehner] also called Sanders a nice guy and the most honest politician in the race," the Stanford Daily reports.
Of Clinton, Boehner said she has campaigned on becoming the first female president, and did a mock impersonation of the former Secretary of State and First Lady: "Oh I’m a woman, vote for me." But Boehner also said he has known Clinton for 25 years and said she's accomplished and intelligent.
However, Boehner warned that Clinton's email scandal, which is currently being investigated by the FBI, could still become an issue.
“Don’t be shocked … if two weeks before the convention, here comes Joe Biden parachuting in and Barack Obama fanning the flames to make it all happen,” Boehner said.