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Boehner: There Is No Leader Of The Republican Party

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter
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Former Speaker of the House John Boehner does not believe the Republican party has a definitive leader, and even questions whether or not there is a party anymore.

“There is nobody” leading the Republican party, Boehner told Politico. “Donald Trump’s not a Republican. He’s not a Democrat. He’s a populist. He doesn’t have an ideological bone in his body.”

Boehner sat down with Politico for the first series of interviews the former Ohio congressmen has given since leaving office in 2014.

The former speaker thinks that when historians are judging his time as the leader of the House, they will be “talking about the end of the two-party system.”

He sees the current hyper-partisan political climate as the result of “modern-day” and “social media.”

“It was modern-day media, and social media, that kept pushing people further right and further left. People started to figure out … they could choose where to get their news. And so what do people do? They choose places they agree with, reinforcing the divide,” Boehner told Politico.

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