George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush Didn’t vote for Republican Donald Trump
It has been almost a year since the U.S. presidential election, and it looks like the Republican Party might be imploding. A new book, The Last Republicans, reveals that George Bush Sr. (George H.W. Bush) voted for Hillary Clinton, and that he thinks that President Donald Trump is a “blowhard.”
To add to the political discord in the Republican party, George H.W. Bush’s son, George W. Bush, didn’t vote for Trump either. Instead, he left his presidential ballot blank because he thinks Trump lacks the humility and understanding necessary to be president (but he still didn’t want to vote for Clinton).
In a new book set to be released later this month—one that will probably not be required reading at the White House— historian Mark Updegrove explores how George Bush Sr. and George W. Bush feel about their relationship, and what they each think about President Donald Trump.
Father and son love each other. The same cannot be said for their feelings about Trump. According to the 93-year old Bush Sr. Trump is a “blowhard” driven by ego, who has no idea what it means to be a public servant.
Meanwhile, George W. Bush also dislikes Trump and once told the author “You know, I fear that I will be the last Republican president.”
In an interview with CNN, Updegrove said, “And it wasn’t just about Hillary Clinton becoming president, as the Republican Party was having a difficult time finding itself. It was because Donald Trump represented everything that the Bushes abhorred.”
According to Updegrove, “…if you look at his values and those shared by his father and Ronald Reagan, they are very much in contrast to the values of the Republican Party today, in particular the platform that Donald Trump ran on, which is essentially protectionism and a certain xenophobia.”
While the Bushes have, up to this point, been quiet on their take of the current president, the revelations are not entirely surprising. In October, George W. Bush gave a speech in New York and, without mentioning Trump by name, appeared to take a swipe at the president, his administration, and its policies.
In his speech, Bush said that America has to “recover our own identity,” and he defended immigration and free trade – two issues that Trump promised to overhaul. Bush also denounced bullying and prejudice.
The Trump White House naturally struck back at the comments. “The American people voted to elect an outsider who is capable of implementing real, positive, and needed change – instead of a lifelong politician beholden to special interests,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “If they were interested in continuing decades of costly mistakes, another establishment politician more concerned with putting politics over people would have won.”
Another White House insider said, “If one presidential candidate can disassemble a political party, it speaks volumes about how strong a legacy its past two presidents really had. And that begins with the Iraq war, one of the greatest foreign policy mistakes in American history.”
The normally bellicose Trump has been mostly silent on the issue. When asked aboard Air Force One about the comments made by the Bushes, President Donald Trump said, “I’ll comment after we come back. I don’t need headlines. I don’t want to make their move successful.”
American voters will have to wait until Trump returns from his 12-day trip to Asia on November 15 to hear his book report on The Last Republicans.
“Bush 41 calls Trump a ‘blowhard’; White House strikes back,” CNN, November 5, 2017.
“George Bush Sr calls Trump a ‘blowhard’ and voted for Clinton,” BBC, November 4, 2017.
“Without saying ‘Trump,’ Bush and Obama Deliver Impact Rebukes,” The New York Times, October 19, 2017.
“Neither George Bush voted for Trump, book author tells New York Times,” Reuters, November 4, 2017.