White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn’t bother with the pleasantries in an official statement on Saturday that blasted both former Presidents Bush for their reported comments on Donald Trump.
“The American people voted to elect an outsider who is capable of implementing real, positive, and needed change – instead of a lifelong politician beholden to special interests,” Sanders said in a statement. “If they were interested in continuing decades of costly mistakes, another establishment politician more concerned with putting politics over people would have won.”
Another White House official spoke to CNN and had much the same thing to say about Bushes 41 and 43. “If one presidential candidate can disassemble a political party,” the unnamed source said, “it speaks volumes about how strong a legacy its past two presidents really had.”
Both father and son reportedly expressed criticisms of the new president in a new book called “The Last Republicans” by Mark Updegrove. Giving the book its title, George W. Bush apparently said that he was worried that he would go down in history as “the last Republican president.” He also said Trump “doesn’t know what it means to be president” and confirmed that he left his ballot blank when the choice came down to Trump or Hillary Clinton.
As for the elder President Bush, he said in the book that Trump was not his cup of tea. “I don’t like him,” Bush 41 said. “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.”
We haven’t seen the finished book or the Bushes comments in their proper context, so it’s possible the media is making more out of this than there is. No one was, after all, under the delusion that W. and H.W. were actually fans of the man who trounced Jeb! in the Republican primaries. And no one believes that anyone in the old guard Republican establishment is now a huge fan of Trump, so this isn’t as surprising or as newsworthy as some are making it out to be. And we’d say that Sanders’ remarks about the legacy of the GOP establishment are not far off the mark. Trump didn’t rise up and take this party over because Republicans had been doing a bang-up job over the last twenty years.
And hey, they have a right to their opinions. They’ve chosen to get cozy with the Clintons and the Obamas in their post-presidential years, and that tells you about all you need to know when it comes to their view of America’s course. Trump saw what Republicans like the Bushes didn’t; that liberal Democrats are far worse than they used to be and that their unending tampering with the American way has had dramatic consequences for this country. And that’s before we even get into what the Republican Party has done re: The Middle East, re: illegal immigration, and re: unbalanced free trade agreements, etc. It was time for a new day in American conservatism, and it’s only natural that the old guys feel a little bitter about it.