Bush Sr. airs questions about Trump's leadership, effects on GOP in new book
Bush Sr. airs questions about Trump's leadership, effects on GOP in new book

Former President George H.W. Bush says he is not too excited about “blowhard” President Donald Trump and confirmed in a new book that he voted for DNC candidate Hillary Clinton.

“I don’t like him,” Bush, 93, says in the book, according to a review by The New York Times. “I don’t know much about him, but I know he’s a blowhard. And I’m not too excited about him being a leader.”

 

  • In ‘The Last Republicans’ George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush give on the record interviews of their views on politics in America 
  • They both did not vote for President Trump in the election and give their opinions on their predecessor calling him a ‘blow hard’ and he lacks ‘humility’
  • The younger Bush says he also did not vote for Hillary Clinton- he ultimately didn’t trust her judgement 
  • He also says he was not as rebellious in his youth as has been said, but does admit that he chased ‘a lot of p**** and drank a lot of whiskey’ as a young man 

 

In the book, titled “The Last Republicans,” the 41st president also revealed that he voted for Trump’s Democrat rival Clinton in the 2016 White House race.

In a biography on the father-son presidential duo, the elder Bush calls Trump a 'blow hard' 
In a biography on the father-son presidential duo, the elder Bush calls Trump a ‘blow hard’ 

The new book, by author Mark K. Undegrove, consists mostly of interviews looking back at the Republican Party over the past few decades and explores the connection between the elder Bush and his son, former President George W. Bush.

The Last Republicans
The Last Republicans

The younger Bush told Undegrove that he voted for “none of the above.”

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The father and son each raise concerns that Trump has essentially blown up the GOP to the extent that the New York businessman and first-time politician could be the party’s last president for a long while, according to The Times review.

They also suggest that Trump has wrecked their longtime efforts to continue to build a political party committed to free trade and immigration and the continuation of United States as a world leader in democracy.

The preview of the new book comes after a speech by the younger Bush in which he said “bigotry seems emboldened” in the United States and warned that Americans need to reject “white supremacy.” He doesn’t specifically mention Trump by name.

In a new biographical book out in just weeks former Presidents George W. Bush, President George H.W. Bush give scathing assessments of their predecessor Donald Trump.

In ‘The Last Republicans’ the father son presidential team, give their insights on politics in America. In an interview with Bush Sr. he says of Trump in May of 2016 ‘I don’t like him. I don’t know much about him, but I know he’s a blowhard. And I’m not too excited about him being a leader.’

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George W. Bush echoed his father’s sentiments when he told the author Mark Updegrove, ‘As you know from looking at my family, humility is a certain heritage. That’s what they expect, and we’re not seeing that (in Trump).’

This is the first time either of the men have giving their frank assessment of Trump. According to CNN, the book will also reveal their rare insight into the 2016 presidential race- as it unfolded.

‘If you look at the Bush family, it makes perfect sense. Donald Trump is everything that the Bush family is not,’ Updegrove told CNN. ‘George Bush grew up thinking about the greater good. Donald Trump is manifestly narcissistic. It’s part of his brand. And that brand is the antithesis of the Bush brand.’

In the book, Updegrove writes that the younger Bush did not think Trump would win when he first entered the presidential race.

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‘Interesting, won’t last’ was the younger Bush’s reaction in the early days of the race, Updegrove wrote.

He was also surprised when Trump emerged as the Republican Party nominee. ‘When you’re not out there and you’re not with the people, you don’t get a good sense of (the mood),” George W. Bush told Updegrove.

When it came down to election day, neither voted for their party’s nominee.

The younger voted ‘None of the Above’ for the presidential ticket, and voted Republican down the line afterwards. Meanwhile the elder Bush voted for Hillary Clinton.

In a revealing look at how former presidents decide on choosing a candidate, W Bush says when it came down to it, he simply didn’t trust Clinton.

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‘In my presence, she was polite … thoughtful,’ he said, but alluding to her using a private email server as secretary of state, he added, ‘obviously tangled up in bad judgment. This email thing, putting confidential information out there in a world where all kinds of people can figure out how to get your emails was not good judgment.’

When it came time to vote in the 2016 race, the elder Bush voted for Clinton, while George W. Bush didn't trust her judgement enough, and checked the 'None of the Above' box
When it came time to vote in the 2016 race, the elder Bush voted for Clinton, while George W. Bush didn’t trust her judgement enough, and checked the ‘None of the Above’ box

Leading up to Election Day he told Updegrove ‘The question for the country to decide — on both candidates, by the way — is to what extent should we be insisting upon integrity and solid character.’

The younger also touches on how his youth has been considered rebellious, and feels it is an unfair assessment. In a 2012 interview with Updegrove, Bush told the historian he ‘chased a lot of p**** and drank a lot of whiskey’ as a young man, but added, ‘I was never the prodigal son because I never left my family.’

The author told CNN how he chose the book’s title: ‘George W. Bush himself said in 2016 privately, and then to me, that ‘you know, I fear that I will be the last Republican president.’

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‘George W. Bush himself said in 2016 privately, and then to me, that ‘you know, I fear that I will be the last Republican president.’ 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,’ the author told CNN.

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‘The Last Republicans’ goes on sale on November 14.

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