Boehner: 2016 ‘most bizarre’ year for pol­i­tics in a cen­tury

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Jes­sica Chas­mar

For­mer House Speaker John A. Boehner says he watched the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion with amuse­ment, call­ing it “the most bizarre po­lit­i­cal year” Amer­ica has seen in a cen­tury.

Dur­ing an in­ter­view with WCPO-TV, a Cincin­nati-based ABC af­fil­i­ate, Mr. Boehner said he had “no re­grets” about re­sign­ing from Congress last year af­ter 13 terms in of­fice, say­ing he got out of pol­i­tics just in time. He said he en­joyed be­ing an ob­server of the elec­tion sea­son in­stead of an ac­tive par­tic­i­pant.

“Ev­ery day, I’d watch it and was like, ‘Thank God I’m not in the mid­dle of this,’” he said. “It was the most bizarre po­lit­i­cal year that we’ve seen in 100 years.”

The Ohio Repub­li­can said there’s a “po­lit­i­cal rev­o­lu­tion” go­ing on in the United States and else­where, The As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported.

“Any­body that thinks (the) last 12 months were as wild as we’ve seen, just sad­dle up and watch,” he said. “Be­cause there’s no rea­son to think the next 12 months are go­ing to be any less crazy.”

Mr. Boehner com­pared Pres­i­den­t­elect Don­ald Trump to 26th U.S. Pres­i­dent Teddy Roo­sevelt, whom he de­scribed as “another guy who saw him­self larger than life.”

“If you look at what Teddy Roo­sevelt did, he came in to do big things,” he said. “I think Don­ald Trump wants to do big things.”

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