Boehner cozies up to Donald Trump

The two played a round of golf together in New Jersey on Tuesday

By Jillian Rayfield

Published August 7, 2013 3:56PM (EDT)

House Speaker John Boehner and birther and reality TV star Donald Trump played a round of golf together in New Jersey on Tuesday, just as Boehner is beginning his August fundraising push.

According to Politico:

Trump has helped Boehner-aligned groups. He cut a $100,000 check to the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC linked to Boehner.

Trump has recently been toying with another presidential run, National Review and other outlets have reported.

“I think he’s got a very, very tough job, because he’s got factions within his own party that are pretty diametrically opposed to each other, but I think he’s got the right temperament, and I think he’s a terrific guy,” Trump told the National Review of Boehner in June. “He’s got to hold things together, and he’s been doing that.”

The game took place at Trump's own golf course, just a day after Trump argued that if Rep. Charlie Rangel can say "cracker," then Paula Deen should be able to say the N-word. “Nothing will happen to Charlie,” Trump said. “I see it all the time. If you’re a Republican and you make a statement like that, it’s over. I mean, you are finished… It’s a very rough double standard.” He continued: “Paul Deen was absolutely crucified, what they did with her. I don’t know what even happened to her. I see everybody dropped her. She has really got some problems. It’s amazing.”

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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