Former House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, lamented Thursday that the Republican Party he though he knew for decades doesn't exist anymore, and in its place is the "Trump Party."
"There is no Republican Party. There's a Trump Party," said the Ohio Republican, who retired mid-term in 2015, on stage at the Mackinac Policy Conference in Michigan while sipping on Bloody Marys.
Boehner said "the Republican Party is kind of taking a nap somewhere" after it was taken over by President Donald Trump.
He noted that Trump had been a supporter of his, and that the two played a lot of golf together.
"Donald Trump, who I know well, was one of my supporters," said Boehner. "When I was speaker and I was having a rough week, Trump would call me, pat me on the back, cheer me up. We played a lot of golf together."
Boehner said that while he's friendly with Trump, he didn't expect him to win the 2016 presidential race.
"But president? Really? I never quite saw this," he said to laughs. "But, y'know, the guy ran, the guy won."
The former House Speaker also joked that even Trump himself didn't think he'd win, and offered a theory about first lady Melania Trump.