Bush Sr. voted for Clinton, called Trump a 'blowhard'

Katrina Barker
November 5, 2017

It's a breach of etiquette by a former president, but George H.W. Bush did not mince words when describing Donald Trump. "And I'm not too excited about him being (our) leader". His son, George W. Bush, didn't go as far as to vote for a Democrat but allegedly left the presidential ballot blank and now says Trump has no understanding of how to be president.

Bush also rebuked Trump, CNN reported, saying that "This guy doesn't know what it means to be president".

Mark Updegrove, the author of the book, talked to both Bushes on the record and they made it clear past year they were none too happy about the former reality television star becoming president.

Trump had recently had nice things to say about another former president, Jimmy Carter, whom he once called worst president in United States history.

And both worry that Trump has blown up a Republican Party that they spent two lifetimes building, a party that was once committed to removing boundaries to trade and immigration, promoting democracy and civil society and asserting a robust US leadership role in the world.

"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".

Both comments are featured in a book titled The Last Republicans, in which author Mark K. Updegrove chronicles what is now considered the bygone era of the "GOP Establishment".

This is not the first time that the younger Bush has criticised the U.S. president. Bush confided to the author, "I'm anxious that I will be the last Republican president".

The two men have a combined 20 years experience in the White House.

Both Bush presidents went on the record to give Mr Updegrove their candid assessment of Mr Trump, as well as rare insight into their thoughts on the 2016 presidential race as the drama unfolded.

That inspired the title of the book - which will be published November 14 by HarperCollins - as a quote that seemed to carry a double meaning. "But 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".

Just last month, George W. Bush delivered a speech that seemed to call out so-called Trumpism - and the bigotry, conspiracy theories and "casual cruelty" associated with it. George HW Bush said he voted for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, while his son told Mr Updegrove he did not vote for anyone.

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