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New Obama Adviser Calls House Republicans A 'Cult Worthy Of Jonestown'

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“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,” he said.

Brendan Buck, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), reacted by calling Podesta a "class act."

"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," he added in a statement. "If this is the attitude of the new White House, it’s hard to see how the president gets anything done again."

A spokesman for Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) declined to comment.

This isn't the first time White House aides upped their rhetoric when describing the other party in Congress. In September, a senior White House adviser compared House Republicans threatening to hold the debt limit hostage to "people with a bomb strapped to their chest."

Update: Podesta apologized on Wednesday morning.