When push comes to shove, the Bushes might just be voting Democrat this year. They are one of those #NeverTrump people. But is a vote for Hillary their solution? Check it out.
We’ve been hearing it for months: Many established Republicans won’t support Donald Trump if he becomes their party’s 2016 presidential nominee.
But after his most recent victories in six northeastern states at the end of April and his sweep in Indiana on Tuesday, the New York billionaire is fewer than 200 delegates short of earning the required 1,237 to clinch the nomination. And as of Wednesday, he’s the only remaining GOP contender in the race, after both Ted Cruz and John Kasich suspended their campaigns.
Since Tuesday night, when Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus urged the party to unite behind the real estate tycoon, several prominent Republicans have publicly said they won’t back Trump in the general election. And some have said they will skip the Republican National Convention, scheduled for July 18 through 21 in Cleveland.
Former President George H. W. Bush
The 41st president briefly entered this year’s election cycle to support the dismal campaign of his son, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.
Now, Bush Sr. has said he won’t attend the summer convention. “At age 91, President Bush is retired from politics,” spokesman Jim McGrath told The Texas Tribune Wednesday. “He came out of retirement to do a few things for Jeb, but those were the exceptions that proved the rule.”
Former President George W. Bush
Like his dad, the 43rd president “does not plan to participate in or comment on the presidential campaign,” including not attending the national convention, said his personal aide, Freddy Ford, according to the Tribune.
Jeb Bush, Former Florida Governor and Former 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
In a Facebook post Friday afternoon, Bush congratulated Trump on his victories, acknowledging the businessman tapped into Americans’ widespread feelings of anger and frustration. “Trump has not demonstrated that temperament or strength of character,” he said. “He has not displayed a respect for the Constitution. And, he is not a consistent conservative. These are all reasons why I cannot support his candidacy.”
Once a rising GOP star, early in the race Bush was considered the party’s front-runner. But Trump repeatedly laid into him during debates and on the campaign trail, famously calling him “low energy.” With anemic poll numbers, Bush dropped out of the race in February.