Former House Speaker John Boehner calls hard right conservatives ‘knucklehead caucus’

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Former House Speaker John Boehner Calls Hard Right Conservatives 'Knucklehead Caucus'

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Former House Speaker John Boehner assailed GOP House arch conservatives led by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) as the "knucklehead caucus," calling them "anarchists" who stand "for nothing."

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During a speech in Las Vegas, Boehner took aim at the conservatives who pushed him from office at the end of 2015. Jordan was among those who revolted against Boehner, even though Boehner was the first speaker from Ohio since Republican Nicholas Longworth in 1931.

The former speaker was asked to explain why House Republicans did not support House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to succeed Boehner as speaker.

“The knucklehead caucus decided they weren’t going to vote for him,” Boehner said.

"Now these are the guys in the Republican Party you could call right of right. They are anarachists. They're for nothing," he said.

UNITED STATES - MAY 22: Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, gives an opening statement during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in Rayburn Building on the investigation of the IRS's targeting of political groups. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
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UNITED STATES - MAY 22: Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, gives an opening statement during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in Rayburn Building on the investigation of the IRS's targeting of political groups. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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The video of Boehner was obtained by the Washington Post. Although he did not mention Jordan by name, it was clear Boehner was referring to him.