Saturday, 18 November, 2017

George HW Bush calls Trump 'a blowhard' in new book

George W. Bush ‘I’m worried that I will be the last Republican president Getty Images
Andrew Cummings | 05 November, 2017, 02:18

"I'm anxious that I will be the last Republican president", the younger Bush told Updegrove at one point during the campaign.

George W. Bush, who told CNN he believes there is a "battle over the soul" of the GOP, told the author, "you know, I fear that I will be the last Republican president". "And I'm not too excited about him being a leader". He also added that the current White House resident is driven more by "a certain ego" than by civil service.

The comments are sure to escalate a long-running feud and come after George W. Bush gave a speech last month that condemned bigotry, bullying and lies in U.S. politics in what was widely seen as a broadside against Trump even though the president was not mentioned by name.

A White House official hit back, telling CNN: "If one presidential candidate can disassemble a political party, it speaks volumes about how strong a legacy its past two presidents really had".

"He's a blowhard", the 41st president tells historian Mark Updegrove in the book "The Last Republicans", which goes on sale November 14.

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"I voted "None of the Above" for president, and Republican down ballot in 2016", he said of choosing not to support Mr Trump. "Donald Trump is everything that the Bush family is not", Updegrove told CNN's Jamie Gangel.

But in the new book, George Bush Sr confirmed that he voted for the rival party's candidate in Hillary Clinton. It reminds one of that old joke of a more genteel time in which the most offensive thing one could say to someone was a forceful "good day!"...and if that didn't work, a follow-up of "I said, good day, sir!"

"... If you look at his values and those shared by his father and Ronald Reagan, they are very much in contrast to the values of the Republican Party today, in particular the platform that Donald Trump ran on, which is essentially protectionism and a certain xenophobia", Updegrove told the Times.

"The Last Republicans" is set to be released on November 14.

Just last month, George W. Bush delivered a speech that seemed to call out so-called Trumpism - and the bigotry, conspiracy theories and "casual cruelty" associated with it. "Remember that", Trump told his primary opponent, former Florida governor Jeb Bush. The author also revealed that George W. Bush was concerned that he would be the "last Republican president".

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