SUNSHINE STATE NEWS: Son of Jeb Bush, George P. Bush Endorses Donald Trump For President
By ALLISON NELSON, SUNSHINE STATE NEWS // August 8, 2016
'make sure that we stop Hillary Clinton'
(SUNSHINE STATE NEWS) – The Bushes, one of the country’s most spotlighted political families, have kept mum on endorsing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during this year’s election cycle — until now.
George P. Bush, son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, is urging Texas Republicans to vote for Trump in November.
He is the only member of the Bush family to openly support Trump.
“From Team Bush, it’s a bitter pill to swallow, but you know what? You get back up and you help the man that won, and you make sure that we stop Hillary Clinton,” Bush told Texas Republicans Saturday.
The Texas land commissioner and lawyer is the fourth Bush family member to hold public office. He also runs the Texas Republican statewide campaign. Bush had been criticized recently for not giving the green light to Trump.
Bush’s endorsement comes as a significant break from his family’s politics. Both George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush refused to attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last month where Trump was officially selected the GOP presidential nominee.
Former First Lady Barbara Bush took a stronger stance on Trump, actively voicing her opposition to him in an interview with CBS earlier this year.
“I mean, unbelievable. I don’t know how women can vote for someone who said what he said about Megyn Kelly, it’s terrible,” she said. “And we knew what he meant too.”
Bush’s move comes as a break from the father-and-son relationship with Jeb Bush as well since Bush ran for the GOP nomination just this year.
Jeb Bush was one of the more vocal opponents to Trump in the primary, criticizing him for his policy proposals. Ultimately, however, Bush ended up calling it quits and Trump made nearly a clean sweep in the election. Still, Jeb Bush did not choose to attend the RNC to give his support to the party’s nominee.
Jeb Bush has already said he will not vote for Trump or Clinton in November, and some of his closest comrades have joined him.
Bush’s longtime adviser Sally Bradshaw left the GOP last month to become an Independent, saying if the Florida race became close enough, she’d cast her vote for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
“This election cycle is a test,” Bradshaw said.
“As much as I don’t want another four years of (President Barack) Obama’s policies, I can’t look my children in the eye and tell them I voted for Donald Trump. I can’t tell them to love their neighbor and treat others the way they want to be treated, and then vote for Donald Trump. I won’t do it.”