John Boehner has been involved in national politics longer than most of us. The former speaker of the House of Representatives, therefore, has plenty of relevant thoughts to share about the state of politics today.
The Republican politician says his party has taken a powder. It no longer exists. It’s now the Trump Party.
That’s not a big surprise. A lot of us have seen the GOP surrender itself to the whims and the anger fomented by someone who had never sought a public office of any kind before running for president.
But then Boehner offered an interesting analysis concerning Trump and his 2016 election foe, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
According to Politico: Boehner cracked that Trump and his 2016 general election foe, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, were likely “the two most surprised people in the entire world” when the president clinched his victory. And he speculated that the president’s stunning defeat of Clinton likely did not sit well with first lady Melania Trump.
“I think Donald Trump promised Melania that he would not win, she didn’t have to worry about ever living in the White House,” he said. “[That’s] probably why she doesn’t look real happy every day. Well, maybe one reason.”
Really? Do you think, Mr. Speaker?
I’ll just add that the election outcome surprised a lot of us. Count me as one American who never saw it coming.
As for Donald Trump and whether he has prepared sufficiently for the challenges that continue to loom in front of him, my sense is that he is nowhere close to getting it.
Boehner said Trump is “clearly the most unusual person we’ve elected as president.”
Most unusual? Do you think?