Despite President Donald Trump’s rocky relationship with the Bush family, at least one of its members has publicly confirmed he plans to vote for the incumbent candidate in November.
George P. Bush, the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), announced his intention to support Trump during a recent Dallas Morning News interview, going on to lay out his case for the decision.
“The economy is already returning”
According to the Morning News, George P. Bush described the president as “the only thing standing between America and socialism,” pointing to a resilient economy as evidence that Trump deserves another term.
“Even in a global pandemic where we have had to take unprecedented measures to protect public health, the economy is already returning,” the Republican state land commissioner said. “It’s clear, America and Texas will continue to be stronger than ever.”
The endorsement comes despite a 2016 presidential race in which his father was engaged in a contentious battle against Trump.
In addition to labeling Jeb Bush “low energy,” Trump has taken aim at former President George W. Bush — specifically labeling his involvement in the Iraq War a “big, fat mistake.”
More recently, Trump took issue with a video message the 43rd president released in which he discussed the response to the coronavirus pandemic and stressed that Americans are “not partisan combatants” in the battle.
Trump tweeted that he appreciated the “message from former President Bush, but asked where he was “during impeachment calling for putting partisanship aside” and asserted that his predecessor “was nowhere to be found in speaking up against the greatest hoax in American history!”
“Nowhere to be found”
While The New York Times recently reported that the former president would not be voting for Trump in the 2020 election, Bush spokesman Freddy Ford has responded with a statement disputing the claim.
“This is completely made up,” Ford said, according to The Hill. “He is retired from presidential politics and has not indicated how he will vote.”
Regardless of any bad blood between Trump and the Bush family’s elder statesmen, there is some obvious common ground between the White House and an official in the younger generation.
In the end, Republicans are going to be faced with a stark choice on Election Day. No matter what they might think of the president personally, many are going to agree with George P. Bush’s take that a vote for the incumbent is a vote against socialism.