George HW Bush Openly Criticizes Trump in New Book

Both Bush presidents bash 'blowhard' Donald Trump as unfit for the presidency

Both Bush presidents bash 'blowhard' Donald Trump as unfit for the presidency

Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush have never been close to or openly amicable with President Donald Trump.

George W. Bush, who told CNN he believes there is a "battle over the soul" of the GOP, told the author, "you know, I fear that I will be the last Republican president".

The most critical comments about Mr Trump came from the elder Mr Bush, now 93, who told Mr Updegrove in May 2016, "I don't like him".

He also made comments last month expressing his disappointment at the current political climate, in remarks which many deemed to be an attack on Mr Trump.

After Trump said, "I'm my own advisor", Bush quipped: "Wow, this guy really doesn't understand the job of president".

"You can either exploit the anger, incite it", George W. Bush told Updegrove, "or you can come up with ideas to deal with it".

Who did the former presidents vote for in 2016?

As could be expected, the White House didn't stay quiet as the New York Times and CNN revealed details included in The Last Republicans, a book that is scheduled to be released on November 14.

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"If one presidential candidate can disassemble a political party, it speaks volumes about how strong a legacy its past two presidents really had", a White House official told CNN.

The book by Mark K. Updegrove was previewed by The New York Times and CNN on Friday.

The book's title was inspired by the younger Bush's concerns that he had been "the last Republican president" - not just because Clinton was seen as favorite to win the election, but because Trump represented a major break from traditional conservatism.

Indeed, at one point during the 2016 presidential campaign, the younger Bush confided to the author, "I'm anxious that I will be the last Republican president".

The book also revealed that George H.W. Bush doesn't like Trump and called him a "blowhard" when he was running for president. "But if you look at his values and those shared by his father and Ronald Reagan, they are very much in contrast to the values of the Republican Party today, in particular the platform that Donald Trump ran on, which is essentially protectionism and a certain xenophobia".

"The Last Republicans", published by HarperCollins, will be out November 14.

George W Bush, however, said he simply left his presidential ballot blank. I always liked him, but I didn't like him so much for a while because I thought he hurt George. "I think he pushed things a little too far right". "And so, this notion that Cheney was making the decisions is ludicrous".

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