Both former Bush Presidents, George W. and George H.W. bash President Donald Trump in a yet-to-be-released book, despite the fact that both men had vowed to not speak negatively of their successors.
With the eldest Bush calling the President a “blowhard”.
“I don’t like him,” Mr. Bush said in May 2016, according to the upcoming book The Last Republicans, written by Mark Updegrove. “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.” Rather than being motivated by public service, Mr. Bush said Mr. Trump seemed to be driven by “a certain ego.”
George The Younger echoed his father, saying “As you know from looking at my family, humility is a certain heritage. That’s what they expect, and we’re not seeing that” in Trump.
The White House shot back Saturday. “If one presidential candidate can disassemble a political party, it speaks volumes about how strong a legacy its past two presidents really had. And that begins with the Iraq war, one of the greatest foreign policy mistakes in American history.”
Neither Bush voted for their party’s candidate, Updegrove wrote. “I voted ‘None of the Above’ for president, and Republican down ballot in 2016,” W. said. George The Elder said he voted for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. No, seriously.
In the first chapter, George W. Bush calls the notion that he was the “prodigal son,” a reference to a wayward son in the Bible, “bullshit.” And in a 2012 interview with Updegrove, Bush told the historian he “chased a lot of pussy and drank a lot of whiskey” as a young man, but added, “I was never the prodigal son because I never left my family.”
Goodness. So much for the Bushes staying out of politics.