Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush have never been close to or openly amicable with President Donald Trump. But now, their disdain for the 45th president has been made very clear.
What did they say?
In an upcoming book being released by historian Mark Updegrove, the elder Bush was quoted calling Trump a “blowhard,” while the younger Bush said he doesn’t believe Trump knows what it means to be president, adding that he believe he will be the last true Republican president.
“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,” the elder Bush said in May 2016, according to the New York Times.
The younger Bush, however, was more “circumspect,” according to the Times, and lamented over how much Trump bashed his younger brother — former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — during the 2016 Republican primaries. He also noted that Trump lacks humility.
“You can either exploit the anger, incite it, or you can come up with ideas to deal with it,” the 43rd president said, explaining that Trump never had real solutions.
Who did the former presidents vote for in 2016?
George H.W. Bush: Hillary Clinton
George W. Bush: “None of the above”
The book, titled “The Last Republicans,” will be published on Nov. 14 by HarperCollins. The book earned its title from comments George W. Bush made during the last 2016, when he said he fears that he will be the last GOP president.
The two men have a combined 20 years experience in the White House. The elder Bush spent eight years in Ronald Reagan’s administration as vice president and four years in the oval office as president, while the younger Bush was president for eight years.
How did the White House respond?
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told The Hill:
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,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement to The Hill. “If they were interested in continuing decades of costly mistakes, another establishment politician more concerned with putting politics over people would have won.
While another White House official told CNN: “If one presidential candidate can disassemble a political party, it speaks volumes about how strong a legacy its past two presidents really had.”