George Bush Sr calls Trump a 'blowhard' and voted for Clinton
- Author: Megan Austin Nov 06, 2017,
Nov 06, 2017, 0:39
George W Bush, adding to his remarks that Mr Trump "doesn't know what it means to be president", said "you can either exploit the anger, incite it, or you can come up with ideas to deal with it". "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 White House on Saturday disparaged the legacies of the only two living Republican presidents to precede Donald Trump, after reports that both men castigated Trump in interviews previous year and refused to vote for him.
The White House responded after quotes from the book were published on Saturday, entering an extraordinary war of words involving three presidents from the same party. During Trump's campaign, Bush said he felt Trump had "a certain ego" and felt he'd need to have "humility" in order to unite the country.
George W Bush, however, said he simply left his presidential ballot blank.
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"It allows us to understand how much a renegade Trump is in the Republican Party", he said.
Criticism between the Bush family and President Trump has gone both ways.
Mr. Bush went on record along with his father, George HW Bush, to discuss their thoughts on Mr Trump as part of a new book about the pair.
The book is the first authorized, joint biography of the two ex-presidents and comes with their cooperation and blessing. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told NBC News. But, she wrote, if voters "were interested in continuing decades of costly mistakes, another establishment politician more concerned with putting politics over people would have won".
In a speech on October 19, W. Bush took aim at bullying from public figures while Trump was embroiled in a feud with a Democratic congresswoman over whether he made an insensitive remark to the grieving wife of a fallen soldier.