Ted Cruz put a signed copy of John Boehner’s book in the fireplace after ‘some smart-a–‘ dropped it off in his office

John Boehner condemns Sen. Ted Cruz on CBS News.
John Boehner condemns Sen. Ted Cruz on CBS News.
  • John Boehner has been skewering Ted Cruz in publicity for his forthcoming memoir.
  • The Texas lawmaker got his revenge after a signed copy of the book was left in his office on Tuesday.
  • He tweeted a photo of Boehner's memoir in the fireplace; its "appropriate place" according to Cruz.
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Sen. Ted Cruz apparently didn't take too kindly to being called a "reckless a--hole" in former Speaker of the House John Boehner's forthcoming book and the Texas lawmaker made his displeasure public by offering Boehner some sarcastic publicity on Tuesday.

Boehner has been making headlines in recent weeks after an excerpt of his new book, "On the House: A Washington Memoir" was published in Politico earlier this month.

He first skewered Cruz in the released excerpt, calling him a "reckless a--hole who thinks he is smarter than everyone else," and "a lunatic" who "enlisted the crazy caucus of the GOP." Then a week later, Boehner doubled down on his Cruz criticism, telling CBS News he singled out Cruz because he had amplified divisions within the Republican House caucus.

To top it all off, Boehner added an unscripted, "PS, Ted Cruz, go f--- yourself" in the audiobook recording of the memoir.

But in a Tuesday tweet, Cruz responded to Boehner's ongoing smears with an incendiary reply.

"Some smart-ass dropped off a copy of Boehner's new book at my office," Cruz tweeted. "It's even signed!"

Accompanying the tweet were three photos: One of Boehner's book sitting on a table in Cruz's office; a second of the book's title page, signed by Boehner himself; and a third of the book propped up in the fireplace - in it's "appropriate place," according to Cruz.

Cruz had previously responded to Boehner's criticism last week, when the Texas lawmaker tweeted he wore Boehner's "drunken, bloviated scorn" "with pride."

This isn't the first time Boehner, who served as speaker from 2011 to 2015, has taken aim at Cruz. Since leaving office, the Ohio Republican has called Cruz "Lucifer in the flesh" and told an audience that he's "never worked with a more miserable son of a b---- in my life."

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