George Bush Sr calls Trump a 'blowhard' and voted for Clinton

George W. Bush ‘I’m worried that I will be the last Republican president

"I don't like him", Bush said in May 2016. "And I'm not too excited about him being a leader", he added.

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.

Those stinging comments mark the first time the former presidents are speaking out about Trump in such stark terms, as part of a new book about the father and son by historian Mark Updegrove, titled "The Last Republicans".

President Donald Trump is not a favorite in the extended Bush household.

Bush Sr., who voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, thought Trump seemed to have "a certain ego" but initially had hopes that he could unite the country if he possessed a sense of "humility".

"The Last Republicans", published by HarperCollins, will be out November 14.


Bush Jr had launched a blistering attack on Trump last month, without naming him.

The elder Bush, Updegrove reported, counseled his son to consider "shaking up the ticket" in 2004, meaning to replace Cheney as his running mate - just as the younger Bush suggested to his father about Vice President Dan Quayle in 1992. I always liked him, but I didn't like him so much for a while because I thought he hurt George.

Neither of the two Republican former presidents voted for Trump - the father voted for Hillary Clinton and the son voted for "none of the above", as he told Updegrove. Donald Trump's election marked the end not only to the Bushes' hold on the White House, but of a rejection of the Republican principles of civility and global engagement and leadership that the Bushes have long championed. They "didn't make one fucking decision", Bush said.

"I voted "None of the Above" for president, and Republican down ballot in 2016", he said of choosing not to support Mr Trump. He indicated that a president should not "exploit the anger, incite it" but rather "come up with ideas to deal with it".

They told Updegrove they felt that trait was especially challenging, or even lacking, for 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.

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