The Last Republicans - Mark K. Updegrove - Hardcover

Both Bush presidents bash 'blowhard' Donald Trump as unfit for the presidency
George HW Bush Called Trump A "Blowhard" & Confirmed He Voted For Hillary Clinton
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05 November, 2017

"I don't like him", Bush said in May 2016. 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", he added.

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.

Updegrove told CNN his book's title came from a comment made by the younger Bush, who said he was afraid he would be "the last Republican president" - not just because Clinton was seen as favorite to win the election, but because Trump represented a major break from traditional conservatism.

"When Trump started to rise, I think he became concerned because he saw this populism of Donald Trump getting in the way of America's position in the world", Updegrove told CNN.

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.

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

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A White House official reportedly told CNN that "if one presidential candidate can disassemble a political party, it speaks volumes about how strong a legacy its past two presidents really had". I always liked him, but I didn't like him so much for a while because I thought he hurt George.

But in the new book, George Bush Sr confirmed that he voted for the rival party's candidate in Hillary Clinton. 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 worldwide engagement and leadership that the Bushes have long championed.

"If you look at the Bush family, it makes flawless sense".

They told Updegrove they felt that trait was especially challenging, or even lacking, for Trump. "George Bush grew up thinking about the greater good". "Interesting, won't last" was the reaction that George W. Bush had in those days, Mr Updegrove writes.

However, at one point during the 2016 presidential campaign, the younger Bush confided to the author, "I'm anxious that I will be the last Republican president".

"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", she said.


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