You gotta admit, Ted Cruz has had a tough two weeks. First, he tried to make an alliance with John Kasich, but Kasich, basically, denied that he’d participate. Then, Donald Trump won with 50 and 60% of the vote in the Mid-Alantic—leaving Cruz in third place in all but one of the five states. Then, he tried to change the subject, by naming Carly Fiorina as his “running mate,” trying to prevent being trounced by Trump in Indiana. And he hardly got the words out of his mouth, when former Speaker John Boehner trounced Cruz, verbally—calling him “Lucifer in the Flesh,” among other things.

Of course, we know by now that Indiana didn’t turn out well, either. In fact, Cruz has now suspended his campaign following a massive victory in the Hoosier State by Donald Trump.

Now, and we’re not making this up, Lucifer is claiming defamation, according to The Christian Post.

Satanists are on fire over former House Speaker John Boehner’s contemptuous comparison of Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz to the prince of Hell, Lucifer.

Boehner, in comments that have since gone viral, told an audience at Stanford University on Wednesday night, according to the Stanford Daily, that Cruz is “Lucifer in the flesh.”

“I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a b**** in my life,” Boehner told the audience.

Asked about the comparison by [a] spokesperson for The Satanic Temple dismissed Cruz as a fraud.

“Boehner’s comment is illustrative of how well past time it is to adjust our mythologies to reflect our realities. Cruz’s failures of reason, compassion, decency, and humanity. . .Satanists will have nothing to do with any of them,” Greaves told the blog.

According to Politico, Wednesday night was not the first time Boehner has compared Cruz to the devil. During a question-and-answer session with reporters at the Futures Industry Association conference in Boca Raton, Florida, last month, Boehner compared the Republican presidential candidate to the prince of darkness. . .

Maybe he gives Lucifer a bad name by comparing him to Ted Cruz,” [Rep. Peter] King said on CNN. . .

For his part, Cruz tried to act innocent—almost.

“Truth of the matter is I don’t know the man,” Cruz said, adding that he’d be surprised if he’s said more than 50 words to him. “I’ve met the man two or three times.”

As good as Ted Cruz is at self-promotion, one wouldn’t need to be a relative or next-door neighbor to have an impression of him. And the fact that Cruz is almost universally hated by anyone who has worked with him or roomed with him. But as it turns out, in addition to the direct and indirect contact Cruz and Boehner have had, there’s the fact that Cruz was once even Boehner’s lawyer.

Oddly enough, Cruz served as Boehner’s counsel for a case during the late 1990s.

Boehner has leveled several rounds of blunt criticism at Cruz over the past few years, and the two repeatedly clashed when Boehner led the House Republican caucus. Late last year, Boehner referred to Cruz as a “false prophet” and a “jackass.”

Maybe the two men were not golfing buddies, but in addition to his repeated working in Cruz-related situations, there’s this:

It was 1998, more than a decade before Boehner became speaker and Cruz was elected to the Senate. Boehner had just sued Rep. Jim McDermott (R-Washington) for allegedly breaking wiretapping laws. . .

Boehner called it an invasion of privacy. He hired Cruz, who had recently served as a clerk for then-Chief Justice William Rehnquist. The then-27-year-old Cruz made an early appearance in the press defending his client.

Regardless, there’s no love lost. The “devil” story originated in Stanford University’s school paper, in which he called Cruz and his buddies, “knuckleheads” and “goofballs.”

“Well you know I’m a big fan of Ronald Reagan,” Boehner said. “But I love all these knuckleheads talking about the party of Reagan. He would be the most moderate Republican elected today.”

Even if you’re a Cruz fan, you have to admit that it’s pretty funny that Satanists feel that Cruz is worse than their hero. . .

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Goethe Behr is a Contributing Editor and Moderator at Election Central. He started out posting during the 2008 election, became more active during 2012, and very active in 2016. He has been a political junkie since the 1950s and enjoys adding a historical perspective.

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