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(Reuters) – George H.W. Bush and his son George W. Bush didn’t
vote for fellow Republican Donald Trump final 12 months, says the
writer of a brand new guide on the 41st and 43rd U.S. presidents in
which they open up about their disapproval of the person now
occupying the White House.
The elder Bush voted for Hillary Clinton, whereas his son voted for
neither Trump nor his Democratic challenger, or “not one of the
above,” said Mark K. Updegrove, who wrote “The Last Republicans”
with the cooperation of the 2 Bushes. HarperCollins will
publish the guide on Nov. 14.
In an interview with the New York Times, Updegrove stated the elder
Bush, 93, who served as president from 1989 to 1993, had an
instinctive dislike of Trump although he didn’t know him
In an interview through the 2016 presidential marketing campaign, George
H.W. Bush instructed the writer that Trump was a “blowhard,” pushed by
“a certain ego” and missing a dedication to public service.
The youthful Bush, 71, who served within the White House from 2001 to
2009, believed candidate Trump lacked each humility and a
needed understanding of the presidency, Updegrove stated in
previewing the guide concerning the relationship between the Bushes,
written with the cooperation of the daddy and son.
During the marketing campaign, George W. Bush instructed the writer that he
feared he would turn into the final Republican elected
“At the time, I feel he was involved that Hillary Clinton would
win,” Updegrove instructed the Times.
“But for those who take a look at his values and people shared by his father and
Ronald Reagan, they’re very a lot in distinction to the values of
the Republican Party as we speak, particularly the platform that
Donald Trump ran on, which is actually protectionism and a
sure xenophobia,” stated Updegrove, a historian who has written
a number of books concerning the presidency.
Updegrove couldn’t be reached for additional remark.
“The American folks voted to elect an outsider who’s able to
implementing actual, constructive, and wanted change – as an alternative of a
lifelong politician beholden to particular pursuits,” White House
spokeswoman Sarah Sanders stated in a press release.
“If they had been excited about persevering with many years of expensive
errors, one other institution politician extra involved with
placing politics over folks would have gained.”
Like many Americans, George W. Bush was stunned that Trump
fared so properly in final 12 months’s Republican state primaries, the place
his brother Jeb, a former Florida governor, emerged as considered one of
Trump’s most frequent targets.
During the marketing campaign, the billionaire actual property developer, a
political novice, promised to “drain the swamp” in Washington, a
vow that prolonged to the Republican institution, which the Bush
The guide follows a uncommon speech by the youthful Bush through which he
delivered a sweeping but thinly veiled critique of the Trump
administration’s insurance policies and the president’s blunt type.
The 43rd president decried “bullying and prejudice” in public
life whereas defending open immigration and commerce, two of the
pillars of earlier Republican administrations which have come
beneath sustained badault by the brand new president.
(Reporting By Frank McGurty in New York; Editing by Marguerita