For decades, it has been a common practice for former presidents to endorse their party’s nominee for president. It looks like that is about to change with Trump (most likely) securing the position for Republican candidate in the 2017 presidential race.
Both former President George H.W. Bush and his son, former President George W. Bush, have gone public with claims that they do not intend to endorse Donald Trump as he makes his bid for the White House.
“At age 91, President Bush is retired from politics,” Jim McGrath, the elder Bush’s spokesman told reporters. “He came out of retirement to do a few things for Jeb, but those were exceptions that proved the rule.”
The younger Bush, however, does not have the same excuse.
Still, his spokesman Freddy Ford told the Tribune that he “does not plan to participate in or comment on the presidential campaign.”
The Bushes are not the only former president’s who have refused to vote for the controversial businessman. Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and others have spoken out against him.
It is true, however, that Trump was ruthless in his attacks of former candidate Jeb Bush during the campaign. He also insinuated that George W. Bush manipulated the American public in order to go to war with Iraq.