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February 8, 2016

Podesta Apologizes for ‘Jonestown’ Remark After Getting Ripped by Boehner Spokesman

(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images File Photo)

(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images File Photo)

Updated 11:14 a.m. | Newly minted White House counselor John Podesta has apologized for a remark that likened House Republicans to a “cult worthy of Jonestown” after getting called out by Speaker John A. Boehner’s spokesman.

“They need to focus on executive action given that they are facing a second term against a cult worthy of Jonestown in charge of one of the houses of Congress,” Podesta told Politico’s Glenn Thrush earlier this fall, before the former chief of staff for President Bill Clinton was named to the White House post.

Podesta apologized via a tweet:

Brendan Buck, spokesman for Boehner, had suggested the quote was a bad omen for 2014.

“For those who’ve forgotten, a Democratic member of Congress was murdered in Jonestown and a current one, Rep. Jackie Speier, was shot five times during the same incident,” Buck noted.

“If this is the attitude of the new White House, it’s hard to see how the president gets anything done again,” he said.

Considering that the White House hasn’t really gotten much out of the House anyway and expectations are extraordinarily low for the coming election year, that might not be saying all that much.

  • E L Frederick

    A “do nothing” congress is the best kind. They won’t be making life harder on the citizens if they can’t accomplish anything. Gridlock is the rule, not an unintended consequence.

  • Forrest Waller

    In a year he’ll be back in California wondering what hit him.

  • OldmanRick

    From the mouths of jackasses CH4 flows.

  • j4433hs

    Typical lib, No class, ignorant and a disgrace. Am sick of these hateful remarks toward others from libs. Grow up, you useless fools

    • twinsidious

      Right. I’m sure you’ll say the same thing about everyone–Republicans included–who have used the phrase “drink the Kool-Aid”, because that’s a clear reference to the Jonestown mass suicide, too.

      • aaronjsolomon

        Hey, look, it’s Barbara Walters and Piers Morgan whining about how Obama didn’t turn out to be “The Messiah”.

        Conservatives revere principles, liberals worship politicians. If the shoe fits, lace it up.

        • twinsidious

          Hey, look, an irrelevant response that doesn’t address the point it’s supposedly replying to.

  • Gabby Herrera

    Mr. Podesta, have you no shame!!!

  • left wing

    just the typical left wing oboma hack, hate and lies are all they have.

  • down_with_Bathhouse_Barry

    The fundamental transformation of the United States of America continues. Let’s put a halt to it, shall we?

  • notreallymahalia

    MORE PROJECTION – this guy is a big cog in the zombie cult to destroy the usa by propaganda and force if necessary, PUT HIM IN THE ASYLUM or SEND HIM TO PLANET XENON

  • Eric Schrader

    Up yours Podesta! Take that turtle face of yours, bend over and put it where the moon don’t shine. You are a hack! and take your apology with you.

  • William Ripskull

    He should immediately resign. This is the tone that this administration has brought to Washington. And then they blame Republicans for not wanting to compromise!?!? Boehner and every Republican should let it be immediately known that they will not do ANY business with this guy… period.

  • sam256

    Mr. Podiatrist you are an ugly excuse for a human being. Your tie is ugly too, just like you. Spend a few bucks instead of using a rag.

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