Former President George W. Bush not too long ago revealed that as an alternative of voting for Donald Trump within the 2020 presidential election, he wrote within the title of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
“She is aware of it,” Bush reportedly informed Individuals journal of Rice, who served as secretary of state throughout his presidency. “However she informed me she would refuse to just accept the workplace.”
In 2016, Bush and former first woman Laura Bush didn’t solid votes for a presidential candidate, voting just for Republican candidates in down-ballot races, his spokesperson stated.
Bush’s choice to not vote for his social gathering’s nominee two presidential cycles operating often is the product of unhealthy blood between the Bush household and Trump within the wake of the 2016 GOP main.
In the course of the 2016 race, Trump repeatedly insulted Bush’s brother, Jeb Bush, who additionally ran a 2016 bid for the presidency. Whereas campaigning, Trump additionally criticized the Bush legacy and blamed George W. Bush for the 9/11 terrorist assaults.
Although Bush has been crucial of the GOP in current promotional interviews for his new e-book Out of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants, he used the Individuals interview to stroll again his current harsh appraisal of the social gathering.
In an interview with NBC’s At present that aired Tuesday, Bush referred to as the GOP “isolationist, protectionist and, to a sure extent, nativist.”
He later toned down his remarks in his interview with Individuals: “Actually, what I ought to have stated — there’s loud voices who’re isolationists, protectionists and nativists, one thing, by the best way, I talked about once I was president.”
“However I painted with too broad a brush … as a result of by saying what I stated, it excluded a variety of Republicans who imagine we will repair the issue,” he added.
Whereas selling the brand new e-book, which options portraits of American immigrants, Bush has stated he hopes to usher in a extra “respectful tone” on Capitol Hill.
The mission of the e-book, he stated, is to assist change Congress’ outlook on the nation’s immigration coverage.
“Please put apart all the cruel rhetoric about immigration,” Bush stated, addressing Congress in an interview with CBS Information that aired Sunday. “Please put apart attempting to attain political factors on both facet.”
Bush, a Republican who served as president from 2001 to 2009, has supported a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants given they cross a background verify and pay any again taxes.