Former President George H.W. Bush has a low opinion of President Donald Trump, according to Mark K. Updegrove’s new book, “The Last Republicans.”
Bush, 93, admitted, “I don’t like (Trump),” and criticized the president for being driven by his ego and encouraging public anger.
“I don’t know much about him, but I know he’s a blowhard. And I’m not too excited about him being a leader,” Bush said, according to Fox News.<>
He also revealed that he voted for Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential elections.
Updegrove was director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum and is now the chief executive and founder of the National Medal of Honor Museum.
Through these two positions, Updegrove spoke frequently with both Bush and his son, former President George W. Bush, and convinced them to allow him to interview them for his book.
The New York Times‘ review of the book revealed that the younger Bush also had concerns about Trump.
The title of the book was inspired by a statement George W. Bush reportedly made to its author: “I’m worried that I will be the last Republican president.”
The younger Bush also confided his feelings about why his brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, did not win the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
“If you’re angry with the powers that be,” he said, “you’re angry with the so-called establishment, and there’s nothing more established than having a father and brother that have been president.”
Reportedly, the younger Bush didn’t vote for Trump in 2016 either, submitting instead a ballot for “none of the above.”
The book’s release comes only a few weeks after a speech by the younger Bush that, while not mentioning Trump by name, was seen by many as a rebuke to the current president’s term so far.
The book says that Trump has moved away from long-time Republican policies that both former presidents worked to see through, including free trade, support for immigration and the United States’ presence on the world stage.
Updegrove elaborated on this in an interview, claiming Trump also appealed to “xenophobia.”
“But if you look at (George W. Bush’s) values and those shared by his father and Ronald Reagan, they are very much in contrast to the values of the Republican Party today,” Updegrove said.
“In particular the platform that Donald Trump ran on, which is essentially protectionism and a certain xenophobia.”