Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in an interview with Politico that he used to be friends with Fox News host Sean Hannity and right-wing talk radio show host Rush Limbaugh, but the two went over “to the dark side.”
Boehner said he “always liked” Limbaugh.
“When I went to Palm Beach I would always meet with Rush and we’d go play golf. But you know, who was that right-wing guy, [Mark] Levin?” he said.
“He went really crazy right and got a big audience, and he dragged [Sean] Hannity to the dark side. He dragged Rush to the dark side.”
Boehner said he used to talk to the two “all the time.”
“And suddenly they’re beating the living shit out of me,” he said.
“I had a conversation with Hannity, probably about the beginning of 2015. I called him and said, ‘Listen, you’re nuts.’ We had this really blunt conversation. Things were better for a few months, and then it got back to being the same-old, same-old. Because I wasn’t going to be a right-wing idiot.”
The Hill added:
Hannity hit back at Boehner on Twitter, disputing the former speaker’s account.
John were you sober when you said this? That conversation never happened. I’m sorry you are bitter and u failed! https://t.co/SLquw7rXZv
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) October 30, 2017