Former GOP House Speaker John Boehner got choked up as he was delivering remarks honoring Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) at a portrait unveiling ceremony on Wednesday.
Boehner, who held the position of speaker from early 2011 to late October 2015, became teary-eyed when saying that his daughters wanted him to tell Pelosi how much they admire her.
“At that, Boehner’s lips began to quiver and he began sobbing,” reported the New York Post.
The former house speaker hugged and kissed Pelosi during the ceremony as well.
Boehner opined that no other modern speaker has led with the “authority” or “consistent results” of Pelosi and additionally called her “one tough cookie.”
Pelosi commented that she would have been a bit “disappointed if [Boehner] did not get emotional.”
Pelosi, who is the first and only woman to ever serve as House speaker, had decided to not seek the position again despite being elected to another term of office. She has a long history in government; Pelosi has been a lawmaker in the U.S. House of Representatives for over three decades.
Numerous conservative figures blasted Boehner for his seemingly chummy relationship with Pelosi.
“John Boehner crying as he paid tribute to Nancy Pelosi is the perfect symbol of uniparty pathology,” posted former treasury assistant secretary and podcast host Monica Crowley.
John Boehner crying as he paid tribute to Nancy Pelosi is the perfect symbol of uniparty pathology
— Monica Crowley (@MonicaCrowley) December 14, 2022
Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro appeared to express disgust at GOP leadership, writing, “Boehner crying in tribute to Pelosi while talking about how his daughters are Democrats is a pretty good summation of Republican leadership over the past couple of decades.”
Boehner crying in tribute to Pelosi while talking about how his daughters are Democrats is a pretty good summation of Republican leadership over the past couple of decades https://t.co/qccwcscgVU
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) December 15, 2022
“While you’re sniveling at Pelosi’s portrait reveal, conservatives are weeping for America — precisely because our country’s greatness and potential have been squandered by The Uniparty…” posted Daily Wire writer Tim Meads.
“In fairness, Boehner cries about everything,” quipped Guy Benson.
in fairness, Boehner cries about everything
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) December 15, 2022
Fox News reported that conservative influencer Nick Adams called Boehner a “beta feminist loser who most likely drinks soy lattes and avoids Hooters at all costs.”