In the book, “The Last Republicans,” both former President George W. Bush and his father, former President George H.W. Bush, criticize President Trump.
George W. Bush even expresses concern in the book that, despite Trump’s political affiliation, he may be the last Republican president.
“I’m worried that I will be the last Republican president,” the younger Bush told author and historian Mark K. Updegrove.
“I don’t like him,” he said. “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 also added that Trump appeared to be driven by “a certain ego.”
“Wow, this guy doesn’t know what it means to be president,” the younger Bush also contributed, indicating that a president should not “exploit the anger, incite it” but rather “come up with ideas to deal with it.”
On top of their criticisms, both men suggest they did not vote for Trump in the 2016 election. In fact, in the book, George H.W. Bush confirms that he voted for Hillary Clinton. George W. Bush, however, did not vote for Clinton because she has “bad judgment.” Instead, he said he chose to leave the top of his ballot blank.
The White House responded to the criticism revealed in the new book.
“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,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “If they were interested in continuing decades of costly mistakes, another establishment politician more concerned with putting politics over people would have won.”