No endorsements for Trump from Bush 41 and 43

Donald Trump won’t be getting any endorsements from George H W Bush nor George W Bush.

I suspect he won’t care.

For the first time since his own presidency, George H.W. Bush is planning to stay silent in the race for the Oval Office — and the younger former president Bush plans to stay silent as well.

Bush 41, who enthusiastically endorsed every Republican nominee for the last five election cycles, will stay out of the campaign process this time. He does not have plans to endorse presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, spokesman Jim McGrath told The Texas Tribune.

“At age 91, President Bush is retired from politics,” McGrath wrote in an email Wednesday. “He came out of retirement to do a few things for Jeb, but those were the exceptions that proved the rule.” His son Jeb Bush dropped out of the GOP presidential race in February.

Bush 43, meanwhile, “does not plan to participate in or comment on the presidential campaign,” according to his personal aide, Freddy Ford.  

On Tuesday evening, Trump secured his place as the all-but-certain Republican nominee with a decisive win in the Indiana primary. Hours later, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who had hoped to force a contested Republican convention, formally dropped out of the race.

“What Ted did is a great thing to do, because we want to bring unity to the Republican party,” Trump said in his victory speech Tuesday night.

“We have to bring unity — this is so much easier if we have it,” Trump added.

The unity Trump hopes to achieve might be difficult, given the positions other prominent Republicans have taken this election cycle. This week, Cruz called Trump a “serial philanderer” and “pathological liar” for whom “morality doesn’t exist.” In February, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, then a GOP candidate, called Trump a “con artist,” while then-candidate Jeb Bush suggested the Republican frontrunner might need therapy.

Although George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush have not critiqued Trump in so many words, they have made some veiled criticisms. At a campaign event for his brother Jeb Bush in February, Bush 43 noted that in his experience, “the strongest person usually isn’t the loudest one in the room.”

Both have previously endorsed John McCain, Mitt Romney and George snr. they also endorsed Bob Dole. All failed in their campaigns, so Trump is probably breathing a sigh of relief.

– Texas Tribune


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  • frankflintstone

    Donald Trump should get his daughter Ivanka more involved in the campaign. A great defence against all the “hates women” stuff that gets thrown his way.

    • dumbshit

      VP, even. Seems he has the skill to put the right people at the top table, business wise, would imagine running the country would be a similar scenario.

    • CheesyEarWax

      First daughter Ivanka and First Lady Melania, thats one way to get the missing million male voters. Not sure about women voters though.

      • Tiger

        Dunno, Ivanka comes across as an intelligent young lady with poise. Someone young ladies could aspire to being.

  • Gladwin

    Trump will not be sad that the intellectually limited George Bush Junior is not supporting him.

  • Tiger

    I note that the media are obsessed with how Trump has got this far. They even question whether he has the “women vote”, the “black vote”, the “Hispanic vote” Furthermore, they highlight that Trump is not endorsed by the Republican “establishment” as you highlight above. Well media darlings, that is precisely what his appeal is. And he does not have to appeal to the “establishment” like the Bush dynasty, he has to appeal to the Republican party members (and later on, the general electorate). The elephant in the room therefore is how divorced from the Republican members is the Republican “establishment”? That should be the real story here. In rugby terms, Trump has “gone for the gap”.

    • JLS

      Pigeonholing is probably something else that the voters have had enough of the liberals assuming. There is no such thing a a black or womens vote- just a bunch of individuals making up their own minds, to varying degrees.

  • Anthony

    Not surprising considering Trump telling it like it is saying that Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction and Iraq was a disaster.
    “It was a horrible mistake. We should have never been there”
    “We spent $2 trillion. Could have rebuilt our country. We could have done so much with that money. And instead, we’re worse in the Middle East than we were 15 years ago. Right now, it’s a disaster”
    “Saddam Hussein was a bad guy, but you know what he was good at? Killing terrorists.

    • John Colbert

      The middle east will only find peace under Dictatorship.

  • Macca

    I think the true irony of this election is that the actions of the media have helped Trump immeasurably in getting where he is, and the stronger their TDS, the higher his poll ratings will go. They just cannot help themselves and the public has had a guts full of their continual belittling of Trump and his every actions – including his family!

    I think he will wipe the floor with Clinton. People keep acting as if she is some kind of Saint. My oldest sister who lives in NY told me last year that the journos are vetted and if they are thought to be right leaning, they are denied access to any of Clintons speaches aND she refuses to anewer aNY of their questions. Remember how Abott was belittled for not answering a question? Apparently 90% of the American media are left and I would think the same would apply here judging by the ongoing bashing he gets from our own media. One and the same media who have relentlessly attacked and ridiculed John Key from the get go.

    • Anthony

      Like the bashing Kim Vinnell gave on TV3 story the other night. Just awful. Last time I accidentally listen to anything coming out of her mouth. Does TV3 really think her rubbish is going to build market share?

  • Boondecker

    Going by the media’s own comments, not having either Bush endorsement would probably more helpful than not anyway. They would only have tried to tar and feather Trump with Bush’s legacy.

    This is a good thing for Trump, not a bad one.

  • John Colbert

    No vote from the Downy collective …. Didums.

  • Shane Ponting

    If I had a multi-verse time machine I’d love to observe a reality where Trump was president during 9/11 and what his response would have been.

    I felt President Bush was appropriately aggressive in the aftermath but the way Trump talks I wonder if things might have been even more spectacular. Not relevant to reality or useful discourse, but I had the thought nonetheless….