George HW Bush blasts Trump in new book: 'I don't like him'
Nov 06 2017
Former President George H.W. Bush mocked then-candidate Trump as a "blowhard" and voted for a Democratic president, while the younger Bush anxious aloud that Trump would destroy the idea of a Republican president in all but name, according to "The Last Republicans", which is scheduled to go on sale later this month.
In this endearing, illuminating work, presidential historian Mark K. Updegrove tracks the two Bush presidents from their formative years through their post-presidencies and the failed presidential candidacy of Jeb Bush, derailing the Bush presidential dynasty. "And I'm not too excited about him being a leader". Bush Sr actually voted for Trump's Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, while the younger Bush left the space blank on the ballot. His son and also a former president, George W. Bush also has a low opinion of Trump, saying Trump "fans public anger and came to office without any understanding of the job".
In light of Trump's anti-trade, anti-immigration agenda that runs counter to decades of GOP dogma, George W. Bush feared he would be seen as the "last Republican president", a quote that gave the book its title.
This is the first time that both former presidents have spoken out publicly to disavow President Trump.
Trump, who doesn't like them either and shares a complicated relationship with all the living former presidents, will have something to say about it soon enough, given how he prides in his ability to counter-punch. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told NBC News. It called the younger Bush's decision to wage war on Iraq "one of the greatest foreign policy mistakes in American history". A representative said his comments weren't meant to criticize Trump.