Speaker John Boehner claimed in a Fox News interview with Bret Baier that before there was a tea party, there was John Boehner — and the two are one and the same.

“I was the tea party before there was a tea party,” he said, in context of discussing the schism in the Republican Party and how he would unite the conflicting factions, The Blaze reported.

“I understand their concerns. I understand their frustrations,” he said. “But we have a Constitution that we abide by, and we’re going to live by it. And that means we have separate, equal branches of government. And whether people like it or not, Barack Obama is going to be the president for the next two years.”