In an email to @texastribune’s @ragajus, George W. Bush spox @kyfredchicken denies @nytimes report: “This is completely made up. He is retired from presidential politics and has not indicated how he will vote.”
In an email to @texastribune’s @ragajus, George W. Bush spox @kyfredchicken denies @nytimes report: "This is completely made up. He is retired from presidential politics and has not indicated how he will vote.” https://t.co/tWelJOqmhv https://t.co/RiHpmkfa5Z
— Evan Smith (@evanasmith) June 7, 2020
According to a new report from the NY Times, former President George W. Bush will not support President Trump’s re-election.
From the NY Times:
Former President George W. Bush won’t support the re-election of Mr. Trump, and Jeb Bush isn’t sure how he’ll vote, say people familiar with their thinking. Senator Mitt Romney of Utah won’t back Mr. Trump and is deliberating whether to again write in his wife, Ann, or cast another ballot this November. And Cindy McCain, the widow of Senator John McCain, is almost certain to support Mr. Biden but is unsure how public to be about it because one of her sons is eying a run for office.
None of them voted for Mr. Trump in 2016, but the reproach of big Republican names carries a different weight when an incumbent president and his shared agenda with Senate leaders are on the line.
Former Republican leaders like the former Speakers Paul D. Ryan and John A. Boehner won’t say how they will vote, and some Republicans who are already disinclined to support Mr. Trump are weighing whether to go beyond backing a third-party contender to openly endorse Mr. Biden. Retired military leaders, who have guarded their private political views, are increasingly voicing their unease about the president’s leadership but are unsure whether to embrace his opponent.
Per WashingtonExaminer, there is little love between Trump and the Bush family.
Bush and his wife Laura did not vote for Trump or the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, in the 2016 election.
Bush and his father, former President George H.W. Bush, declined to support Trump after he became the GOP nominee that year, choosing not to appear at the Republican National Convention. The elder Bush died in 2018.
George W. Bush’s younger brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, entered a crowded field for the Republican nomination as the centrist front-runner in 2016, but his campaign quickly fizzled amid repeated insults by Trump. Jeb Bush is said to be unsure how he will vote in this year’s election.
George W. Bush did attend Trump’s inauguration, after which he said the 45th president’s speech “was some weird shit,” according to New York Magazine.
After Bush released a video last month encouraging people to unite against the coronavirus, Trump lashed out. “He was nowhere to be found in speaking up against the greatest Hoax in American history!” Trump said in a tweet referring to his impeachment trial.
— George W. Bush Presidential Center (@TheBushCenter) May 2, 2020