Both Bushes attack Trump in their new book that probably won’t sell any better than Jeb did in the primary.
It is not surprising that the Bushes attack Trump unless you were expecting them to be smart about the current political situation. They simply cannot believe that American voters have repudiated them so thoroughly. They think that expressing disapproval of Donald Trump will hurt him. But, if anything, it helps him.
If the Bushes were smart, they would pretend to support Trump and wait for an opportunity to influence his agenda.
The New York Times reports, “Both Bush Presidents Worry Trump Is Blowing Up the G.O.P.”
President Trump is not a favorite in the extended Bush household. Former President George Bush considers him a “blowhard,” only interested in feeding his own ego. Former President George W. Bush, his son, thinks Mr. Trump fans public anger and came to office without any understanding of the job.
And both worry that Mr. Trump has blown up a Republican Party that they spent two lifetimes building, a party that was once committed to removing boundaries to trade and immigration, promoting democracy and civil society and asserting a robust American leadership role in the world, according to an author who has interviewed them.
A new book on the two Bushes who served in the White House provides a glance at their apprehension over Mr. Trump’s rise to power and what it means for the country. The first book ever written with their cooperation about their relationship, it also opens a window into the only father-and-son tandem to hold the presidency since John Adams and John Quincy Adams.
In “The Last Republicans,” Mark K. Updegrove chronicles an era that feels almost dated in today’s reality-show politics, when the Republican establishment controlled the party and Washington, and when a single family could occupy the presidency and vice presidency for a combined 20 years.
Neither of the two Republican former presidents voted for Mr. Trump — the father voted for Hillary Clinton and the son voted for “none of the above,” as he told Mr. Updegrove.
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