Former Republican President George Bush Sr. has announced he will vote for Hillary Clinton in the upcoming election. The information came from a member of the Kennedy family.
Bush Sr. had remained silent all throughout this period regarding his option. Some already took this as a sign that the former Republican President was not really in favor of Trump, his party’s candidate. However, this would be sufficient evidence.
Earlier this week, the former Maryland lieutenant governor, Kathleen Hartington Kennedy Townsend, who is the late Robert F. Kennedy’s daughter, posted a picture on Twitter, featuring her and Bush Sr. shaking hands. The caption to the picture read, “The President told me he’s voting for Hillary!!”.
Townsend confirmed the tweet in a phone interview later that week. however, Jim McGrath, George H.W. Bush’s spokesperson neither confirmed nor denied the information. McGrath stated, “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.”
The Bush family’s stance on Trump’s nomination however seems pretty clear. Both George H.W. and his wife, Barbara, stopped participating in the campaign ever since their son, Jeb, lost the race. Neither them, nor their son George W. Bush participated at the Republican convention in Cleveland, where Trump’s nomination was announced. Whether or not Bush Sr. votes for Clinton in November, the message is clear. George Bush Sr.
George Bush Sr. Not the Only Republican Turning Their Back on the GOP
Many Republicans have voiced their concern regarding Donald Trump’s nomination. Some prominent Republicans have already declared they will be voting Clinton this coming election. Sally Bradshaw, who was Jeb Bush’s campaign adviser, left the Republican party. She then announced that most likely she will be voting Hillary Clinton in November. Jeb Bush’s former adviser believed the Republican Party was at “a crossroads,” and that Trump is a narcissist, a bigot and misogynist.
Christ Christie’s longtime aide, Maria Comella also announced earlier this year that she will vote for Hillary Clinton. In her statement, she declared that it wasn’t enough to just say you don’t support Donald Trump. She argued that Trump “preyed on people’s anxieties”, and that he stirs up hatred and fear to gain support.
And the list of Republicans supporting Hillary Clinton goes on. Other prominent GOP members declared they will not vote during the upcoming election.
In spite of the fact that Trump has faced some strong opposition even within his own party, his popularity seems to grow. Earlier during the campaign, Clinton was still in the lead, but more recent polls show Trump is slowly becoming the favorite. In recent months, Trump has been trying to shift his public image, and even turn back on some of his more controversial statements. His more nuanced approach the big issues seems to be paying off.
However, polls have been changing all-throughout this campaign, and the difference in support is still quite small. The results of the upcoming election could still go either way. It remains to be seen whether the fact that many important members of the GOP refuse to vote Trump will matter or not.
Image Source: Wikimedia