Former House Speaker John Boehner on Sunday condemned the rise of extremists in the Republican Party, saying the January 6th siege of the US Capitol was "sad" and "outrageous".
In an interview with CBS News & # 39; Sunday Morning, the Ohio Republican, who resigned from Congress in 2015 amid a GOP power struggle, said the rise of Republican ideals had changed the party – and the country – for the worse.
"There's an appeal to having a noisemaker instead of a policy maker."
Boehner is on a press tour to release his memoir "On the House," out this week.
Boehner said Sunday that the divide between extremists and traditionalists in the GOP had cost him leverage when addressing the Obama White House. "I don't have a position because my boys wouldn't vote for anything. With some of these members I'm not exactly sure what they're there for. They're against everything. But I've never been able to determine what they're there for."
"When you are in the majority party, it is your responsibility to rule and not just make noise," he said.
Boehner highlighted some in Congress whom he called political terrorists in his book.
"[Rep.] Jim Jordan, especially my colleague from Ohio," he told CBS News. "I've just never seen a man who spent more time tearing things apart, never building anything, never putting anything together."
He also had no positive words for Senator Ted Cruz. "I haven't beaten up anyone, it's not really my style, except for this fool," said Boehner. "Perfect symbol you know, get elected, make a lot of noise, get a lot of attention, raise a lot of money, which means you will make more noise and collect more money."
Boehner said this type of extremism laid the foundation for the siege of the Capitol by pro-Trump supporters.
"It was sad. Seditious. And I literally couldn't see it anymore," he told CBS News, adding, "Oh, damn it, it made me angry."
In his book, Boehner calls the insurrection "one of the deepest points in American democracy" and said it should have been "a wake-up call for a return to republican sanity".
"I wish he had said this stuff sooner," said Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. – One of the few Republicans who voted for the charges against Trump – told The Hill. "But given January 6th, the whole lie of the stolen elections, the fact that many in the party still seem to accept it, I think he's an important voice to have out there."