House Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) announcement that he will resign his House seat in October follows years of right-wing talk radio personalities calling for his replacement and lashing out at him for failing to halt immigration reform and passage of the Affordable Care Act, as well as for his rejection of calls for President Obama's impeachment.
Speaker John Boehner Set To Resign As Speaker Of The House In October
New York Times: John Boehner Will Resign From Congress “Under Intense Pressure From Conservatives In His Party.” The New York Times reported September 25 that House Speaker John Boehner will resign his seat in October after facing “intense pressure from conservatives in his party”:
Speaker John A. Boehner, under intense pressure from conservatives in his party, will resign one of the most powerful positions in government and give up his House seat at the end of October, throwing Congress into chaos as it tries to avert a government shutdown.
Mr. Boehner, 65, from Ohio, had struggled from almost the moment he took the speaker's gavel in 2011 to manage the challenges of divided government and to hold together his fractious and increasingly conservative Republican members.
Most recently, Mr. Boehner, 65, was trying to craft a solution to keep the government open through the rest of the year, but was under pressure from a growing base of conservatives who told him that they would not vote for a bill that did not defund Planned Parenthood. [The New York Times, 9/25/15]
Right-Wing Talk Radio Hosts Have Been Calling For A New House Speaker For Years ...
Fox's Sean Hannity: “I Think It's Time To Get Real Conservatives That Will Fight For Their Principles In There.” On the September 18 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Sean Hannity Show, host Sean Hannity told Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), “I think we need new leadership in the House and Senate. I think it's time to get real conservatives that will fight for their principles in there because I don't see it there now.” [Premiere Radio Networks, The Sean Hannity Show, 9/18/15]
Sean Hannity: “To Put It Bluntly, I Think It's Time For A New Speaker.” On the January 5 edition of Fox News' Hannity, host Sean Hannity called for a new speaker of the House:
HANNITY: To put it bluntly, I think it's time for a new speaker. Let me tell you why. During his tenure as speaker, John Boehner has proven, in my view, he is not up for this job for a number of reasons. He seems only interested in, well, taking “show votes”on the House floor -- in other words, votes that have no meaning. In other words, he's had opportunities to defund Obamacare, use the power of the purse that the Constitution gives the House, and he hasn't used it. And then with 'cromnibus,' what did he do but sided with Steny Hoyer, Harry Reid, and President Obama and never even spoke to conservative Republicans. [Fox News, Hannity, 1/5/15]
Laura Ingraham Applauded Rep. Gohmert's Bid To Replace Speaker John Boehner. On the January 5 edition of Courtside Entertainment Group's The Laura Ingraham Show, Ingraham celebrated Rep. Louie Gohmert's (R-TX) bid to replace John Boehner as speaker of the House, saying, “If you're going to shoot the king, ... you better kill the king.” [Courtside Entertainment Group, The Laura Ingraham Show, 1/5/15]
Mark Levin: “The Goal Is To Deny Boehner About 30 GOP Votes.” On January 4, conservative radio host Mark Levin used his social media accounts to promote Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Ted Yoho's (R-FL) decisions to run to replace Boehner as speaker of the House, saying, “The goal is to deny Boehner about 30 GOP votes.”
Yoho in too (the goal is to deny Boehner about 30 GOP votes) http://t.co/Et7Juyh1n0
-- Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) January 4, 2015
Gohmert running to stop Boehner http://t.co/WvR0EvqiJI
-- Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) January 4, 2015
Mark Levin Compares Boehner's Failed Opponents To American Revolution Patriots. On his January 6 show, Levin lamented the news that Boehner was re-elected as speaker of the House and consoled Boehner's opponents by comparing them to the leaders of the American Revolution:
LEVIN: I think about what happened today on the floor of the House and so forth, it really crystallizes things for me and I hope for you now. I think about all those great patriots, all those great patriots who risked everything for freedom. Who risked everything so their progeny could live better than they do. They rejected taxation without representation. They rejected authoritarianism in the form of a king. They put everything on the line. [Cumulus Media Network, The Mark Levin Show, 1/6/15]
Laura Ingraham Applauds Conservatives Who Voted Against Boehner As “A Bunch Of Davids” Who Fought “Goliath.” On theJanuary 7 edition of The Laura Ingraham Show, host Ingraham applauded what she called the “honor roll of those who had the courage to oppose Boehner,” and compared them to the hero David from the biblical story of David and Goliath, saying, “They're a bunch of Davids” who took on the establishment “Goliath”:
INGRAHAM: It's not just a symbolic vote or a symbolic position you take. It inspires the folks out there who say, “Look, at least my guy is with me.” He's up against Goliath. The establishment is Goliath. They're a bunch of Davids. Got their slingshots, maybe you don't hit the giant this time, but giant had to expend some energy to try to defeat you. And as far as we understand now, John Boehner, oh boy. He flexes his muscles and he strips people of committee chairmanships and he takes out his vengeance on the Tea Party folks. [Courtside Entertainment Group 's, The Laura Ingraham Show, 1/7/15]
... And Lashing Out At Boehner For Failing To Impeach Obama, Halt Immigration Reform, Or Hold Hearings On Benghazi
Right-Wing Media Criticize Boehner To Halt Immigration Reform
Right-Wing Radio Hosts Threatened Boehner Into Abandoning Immigration Reform. In early 2014, Boehner backed away from immigration reform plans after right-wing radio hosts attacked the plan, calling it “amnesty,” “the mother of all scams,” and “the destruction of your society.” [Media Matters, 2/7/14]
Conservative Media Helped Kill Boehner's Bill To Address Migrant Crisis At Border. Boehner was forced to table his emergency spending measure that addressed the child migrant crisis on the southern border in July 2014 after conservative media launched a campaign attacking the bill. The Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol and conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt demanded the House “kill the bill,” and radio host Laura Ingraham called the bill's ability to enrage both conservatives and liberals a “supreme accomplishment,” and later celebrated the bill's defeat. [Media Matters, 7/31/14]
Conservative Media Lash Out At Boehner For Rejecting Calls To Impeach President Obama
Rush Limbaugh Chided Boehner For Taking Impeachment Off The Table. On the July 30, 2014 edition of his radio show, Limbaugh criticized Boehner for taking impeachment of President Obama off the table during a July 29 press conference. Rush lamented:
Boehner took [impeachment] off the table, if it was ever on the table. And I don't like all these things being taken off the table, by the way. We just said that we're not going to shut the government down, so we're not going to use the power of the purse to stop Obama, okay? And now we're saying impeachment's off the table, so we're not going to use the Constitution to stop Obama. [Premiere Radio Networks, The Rush Limbaugh Show, 7/30/14]
Mark Levin Lashed Out At Speaker Boehner For Claiming Republicans Don't Support Impeachment. On the July 29, 2014 edition of his radio show, conservative radio host Levin criticized Boehner for claiming that Republicans don't support impeachment, saying, “Here's the dead truth: Obama should be impeached, but he won't be impeached.” [Cumulus Media Network, The Mark Levin Show, 7/29/14]
Right-Wing Media Attack Boehner's Call For Congressional Hearings On Death Of Eric Garner
Sean Hannity Attacked Boehner For Suggesting Holding Congressional Hearings On The Death Of Eric Garner. On the December 5, 2014 edition of The Sean Hannity Show, Hannity expressed outrage over Speaker Boehner's call to hold a congressional hearing to investigate the choking death of Eric Garner at the hands of police officers. Hannity asked, “Is this the same John Boehner that showed zero enthusiasm about the Benghazi hearings?” [Premiere Radio Networks, The Sean Hannity Show, 12/5/14]