George H.W. Bush to Vote for Hillary Clinton
In a not-so-surprising but still telling revelation, former Republican President George H.W. Bush will reportedly be voting for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate. The news was first announced by Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland and daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy. On Monday, Townsend posted a photo of herself smiling next to Bush, under the caption: “The President told me he’s voting for Hillary!!”
In a way, this is startling news. After all, Bush, 91, is the patriarch of what many consider to be a Republican dynasty: his son, George W. Bush, was President from 2000 to 2008, and his other son, Jeb Bush, made an ill-fated bid for the Republican presidential nomination earlier this year after serving as Florida governor. On the other hand, it’s no secret that George H.W. Bush is not exactly a fan of Donald Trump, the Republican nominee. Although he publicly endorsed previous GOP nominees John McCain and Mitt Romney, he has refused to endorse Trump. This may have something to do with the way Trump mocked his son Jeb during the primary debates, famously describing him as “low energy.” Or, it may have to do with the seemingly endless string of offensive and even concerning declarations Trump has made before and since clinching the nomination. Nevertheless, the fact that a former Republican president is willing to publicly admit he plans to vote for a Democrat (who also happens to be the wife of the Democrat who succeeded him in the White House) shows how Trump’s candidacy has shaken the foundations of GOP unity. A spokesman for Bush, Jim McGrath, downplayed the official nature of the news in an email to Politico: “The vote President Bush will cast as a private citizen in some 50 days will be just that: a private vote cast in some 50 days. He is not commenting on the presidential race in the interim.” Bush may not be commenting, but his feelings about Trump are quite clear at this point.
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