Fox News host Sean Hannity took to Twitter Sunday night to blast former House Speaker John Boehner after the Ohio Republican relayed an unflattering anecdote about Hannity in a Politico Magazine profile published on Sunday.
“John were you sober when you said this?” Hannity tweeted. “That conversation never happened. I’m sorry you are bitter and u failed!”
In the piece, Boehner — now very, very unshackled from his former life in Washington, D.C. — spoke of a “blunt conversation” he had with Hannity and suggested the Fox News star was a “right wing idiot.”
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
“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,” Boehner told reporter Tim Alberta. “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 story, which has transfixed political Twitter was the works of hours of on-the record conversations with Boehner, which often took place over several glasses of red wine.
Boehner said his issue with Hannity was part of a broader problem he faced with ring-wing media, in which more mainstream voices were pushed further and further to the right.
“But you know, who was that right-wing guy, [Mark] Levin? He went really crazy right and got a big audience, and he dragged [Sean] Hannity to the dark side,” said Boehner in the piece.