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A large crowd of demonstrators gathered Thursday night to protest Donald Trump's rally in Orange County.

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John Boehner: Ted Cruz is 'Lucifer in the flesh'

 (Lauren Victoria Burke / Associated Press)
(Lauren Victoria Burke / Associated Press)

John Boehner excoriated his former Capitol Hill colleague and GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz during a talk at Stanford University, labeling Cruz as “Lucifer in the flesh.”

Boehner, who retired as speaker of the House last fall, laid out his opinion on the presidential race in a talk at the university. Cruz did not fare well.

“I have Democrat friends and Republican friends,” Boehner said, according to the Stanford Daily. “I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”

Rival Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and John Kasich won good reviews from Boehner. Boehner said he and Trump used to play golf together, and that he “loves” Kasich, the governor of his home state of Ohio. If Trump is the Republican nominee, Boehner said, he would vote for him. However, if Cruz won the nod, he would not support him, Boehner said.

As for the Democratic race, Boehner said Hillary Clinton is accomplished and intelligent, but he speculated that the Democrats might throw in a Hail Mary candidate if Clinton fails to overcome the controversy surrounding her use of a private email server while secretary of State.

“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,” he said.


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