Former Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has congratulated Democrat Joe Biden on winning the presidency Saturday after Fox News and several other media outlets called the race for him, even though several states have razor-thin vote margins and haven’t finished counting all of their votes yet.
Bush’s announcement comes as a slap in the face to Republican President Donald Trump, who has not yet conceded the election and is challenging voting irregularities in multiple states. Sadly, it’s not surprising. While the Trump administration has been very successful in pushing for the conservative agenda, Trump hasn’t hesitated to call out the Republican establishment for their failures.
Jeb Bush congratulates Joe Biden
“Congratulations to President-elect Biden. I have prayed for our President most of my adult life. I will be praying for you and your success. Now is the time to heal deep wounds. Many are counting on you to lead the way,” Jeb Bush tweeted Saturday.
Congratulations to President-elect Biden. I have prayed for our President most of my adult life. I will be praying for you and your success. Now is the time to heal deep wounds. Many are counting on you to lead the way.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) November 7, 2020
Jeb Bush and President Donald Trump were primary opponents in the 2016 race, and sparred frequently during debates. Bush did not support or endorse Trump’s re-election bid.
Bush and his brother, former President George W. Bush, stopped short of endorsing Biden in the race, however. “We’ve been quite clear and consistent — President Bush is retired from presidential politics and will not be weighing in,” the former president’s spokesman told The Hill before the election.
Former President Bush thanks Biden for “patriotic message”
George Bush congratulated Biden on his “win” in a statement Sunday.
“I just talked to the president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden. I extended my warm congratulations and thanked him for the patriotic message he delivered last night,” George Bush said. “I also called Kamala Harris to congratulate her on her historic election to the vice presidency.”
Bush: No doubt about election result
The former president made it clear that he didn’t think the election’s outcome was in doubt. The Trump campaign and many Republicans still do, however, because of razor-thin vote margins and numerous reports of vote irregularities in swing states.
Then again, many Republicans soured on Bush by the end of his second term because of his poor record of standing up to Democrats — so this doesn’t exactly come as a surprise.
“No matter how you voted, your vote counted,” Bush insisted. “The American people can have confidence that this election was fundamentally fair, its integrity will be upheld, and its outcome is clear.”
The 43rd president also gave a nod to Trump during his statement, saying, “I want to congratulate President Trump and his supporters on a hard-fought campaign. He earned the votes of more than 70 million Americans — an extraordinary political achievement. They have spoken, and their voices will continue to be heard through elected Republicans at every level of government.”