The 41st president of the United States, George H. W. Bush, will go against his Republican Party and vote for Hillary Clinton in the upcoming presidential election, according to CNN. The news is a strong indictment of the Republican Party’s nominee, Donald Trump, as it signals Bush’s distrust in Trump as the potential leader of the United States.
CNN reports that Bush made the comments while in a receiving line for board members at the Points of Light Foundation on Monday. Bush was speaking to Robert F. Kennedy’s daughter, Kathleen Hartington Kennedy Townsend, when multiple sources overheard the former president say that he would be voting for the Democratic presidential nominee.
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Despite the leak, Bush’s representatives declined to confirm the story.
“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 spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement.
George H. W. Bush isn’t the only Republican to find issue with voting for Trump as Mitt Romney has repeatedly spoken out against him publicly. In fact, there have been rumors that Romney has considered possibly endorsing Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson for president, but those rumors have yet to be confirmed.
One thing Romney has called for is to get Johnson on the debate stage. Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein both fell short of the minimum threshold to make the first presidential debate on September 26. According to the rules, a third-party candidate has to be polling at 15 percent or higher in an average of five major national polls and qualify for the ballot in enough states to have a mathematical chance to win the presidency.
Johnson had the best chance of the two, but only ended up polling at 8 percent in the five polls used while Stein ended up at 3 percent. Johnson did make the ballot in all 50 states, according to his campaign, which is the first time since Ross Perot did it 20 years ago.
George H. W. Bush’s eldest son, the 43rd president of the United States George W. Bush, has yet to say anything publicly about who he’s backing even though Trump has bashed his decision to declare war on the Middle East following the 9/11 attacks.
On the other hand, George H. W. Bush’s grandson, George P. Bush, has openly supported Trump while H. W.’s youngest son, Marvin has backed Gary Johnson. George’s second son, Jeb, has said that he won’t be voting for either Trump or Hillary, but hasn’t said whether he will support Johnson, Stein, or any other candidate.
Has there ever been a former GOP president that voted for the opposition party’s presidential candidate? https://t.co/NR4QROKUTB
— Michelle Fields (@MichelleFields) September 20, 2016
Most of the 41st president’s Cabinet secretaries and national security officials have refused to back Trump as well, and will instead vote for the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton. That list includes George H. W. Bush’s national security adviser Brent Scowcroft, Health and Human Services Secretary Louis Wade Sullivan, and George W. Bush’s Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez.
It’s kind of crazy how the Clintons and Bushes have grown close despite toeing the opposite sides the party line. George W. Bush has even gone as far as to refer to Bill Clinton as his “brother from another mother,” which certainly is a change from when Bush said that he was going to “restore honor and dignity” to the White House after succeeding Clinton in 2000.
George H. W. Bush likely won’t be the last Republican to jump ship and vote for Hillary Clinton, but he is definitely one of the most noteworthy as Donald Trump struggles to find support from his own party.
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