White House attacks 😠 legacies of both Bush presidents after reports that they refused 👎 to vote for Trump 👀
The White House on Saturday disparaged the legacies of the only two living Republican presidents to precede Donald Trump, after reports that both men castigated Trump in interviews last year and refused to vote for him.
Former president George H.W. Bush mocked then-candidate Trump as a “blowhard” and voted for a Democratic president, while the younger Bush worried aloud that Trump would destroy the idea of a Republican president in all but name, according to “The Last Republicans,” which is scheduled to go on sale later this month.
The White House responded after quotes from the book were published on Saturday, entering an extraordinary war of words involving three presidents from the same party.
“If one Presidential candidate can disassemble a political party, it speaks volumes about how strong a legacy its past two presidents really had,” the White House wrote to CNN. It called the younger Bush's decision to wage war on Iraq “one of the greatest foreign policy mistakes in American history.”
The book's author, Mark Updegrove, interviewed the Bushes last year — long before Trump's inauguration — and found neither wanted to see what they described as a coarse, populist campaigner become president.
“I don't like him,” George H.W. Bush told Updegrove before the election, according to the book. “I don't know much about him, but I know he's a blowhard. And I'm not too excited about him being [our] leader.”
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