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Cruz says Boehner let out ‘inner Trump’ after Lucifer comment

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said Thursday that former House Speaker John Boehner let his “inner Trump come out” when he called Cruz “Lucifer in the flesh” during a talk to students at Stanford University.

Responding to comments made by Boehner in the town hall-style event Wednesday, Cruz attempted to turn Boehner’s graphic criticism into a slam on Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump before a campaign stop in Fort Wayne, Indiana Thursday.

Boehner made a face when asked his thoughts on Cruz, according to a report in Stanford’s student newspaper, and told the Stanford audience that he had “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a b---- in my life.”

But Cruz, when asked by reporters to react to the comments, said he had never worked with Boehner and would be surprised if they ever exchanged more than 50 words.

“The truth of the matter is I don’t know the man,” Cruz said.

Cruz added a message to voters: “When John Boehner calls me Lucifer, he’s not directing that at me. He’s directing that at you.”

Clinton backer receives backlash from Sanders supporters

Nancy Schumacher says she just wanted to do her civic duty, and so she heeded the call to become a superdelegate for Hillary Clinton. But in the year of the angry voter, not even an administrative assistant from Elk River, Minnesota, can escape the outrage.

“Some of the (phone and email) messages called me names. Some of them called Hillary names. And others said I was a stupid b---- and something bad will happen to me,” said Schumacher, a Democratic committee member. “It’s kind of hard to take sometimes.”

Bernie Sanders defied expectations to turn his long-shot presidential bid into a real threat for the Democratic nomination. Now, as his path to the White House becomes all-but-impossible, some of his supporters are lashing out at a system they believe was engineered against them from the start.

While Sanders decries a “rigged” economy, some of his backers see signs of corruption everywhere — even in the party their candidate hopes to lead. Some have turned their frustration on superdelegates, the party insiders whose ability to back either candidate give them an outsized role in picking the nominee.

The superdelegates include public officials: governors, former presidents and even Sanders himself. But they also include people like Schumacher, volunteers who’ve generally stayed behind the scenes.

The Sanders campaign assures everyone that it doesn’t condone harassment.

Trump supporter refuses to defend Trump’s remark to Clinton

Donald Trump’s top advocate in the Senate is refusing to defend the GOP front-runner’s remark that Hillary Clinton is playing “the woman card.”

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions said Thursday that he’s “not goin’ to be the person that has an answer for everything a candidate says in the race.”

Asked to defend Trump’s assertion about the former secretary of state, senator and lawyer, Sessions said, “I think there can be no discrimination against women and I do not believe that Donald Trump would ever discriminate against a woman.”

He would not say whether he agrees with Trump about Clinton, the Democrats’ lead candiate for president. Republicans have long struggled to attract women to the party.

Trump stood by his remark when asked about it Thursday on NBC’s “Today” show, adding that “no one respects women more than I do.”

From Detroit News wire services

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