'The Last Republicans' Highlights Former Presidents' Wariness Of Trump

'The Last Republicans' Highlights Former Presidents' Wariness Of Trump

'The Last Republicans' Highlights Former Presidents' Wariness Of Trump

Former US Republican President George Bush Sr has confirmed he voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, labelling Donald Trump a "blowhard".

The book's title was inspired by the younger Bush's concerns that he had been "the last Republican president" - not just because Clinton was seen as favorite to win the election, but because Trump represented a major break from traditional conservatism. "And I'm not too excited about him being a leader", the senior Bush said, according to the author.

George W. Bush, who told CNN he believes there is a "battle over the soul" of the GOP, told the author, "you know, I fear that I will be the last Republican president". Last year, neither voted for him - and that meant going against a party they both once led. Rather than being motivated by public service, Bush said, Trump seemed to be driven by "a certain ego".

Trump, who doesn't like them either and shares a complicated relationship with all the living former presidents, will have something to say about it soon enough, given how he prides in his ability to counter-punch.

When Trump entered the race, George W. Bush thought he would not last, and he was surprised by the real estate developer's success at capturing the nomination.

You can read the whole report here. Bush confided to the author, "I'm anxious that I will be the last Republican president". The Bushes felt stung by Trump's ground-burning attacks that helped destroy the campaign of Jeb Bush, the son and brother of the presidents.

"When Trump started to rise, I think he became concerned because he saw this populism of Donald Trump getting in the way of America's position in the world", Updegrove told CNN.

Updegrove said the title of the book came from a conversation he had with the junior Bush in which he said, "I'm anxious that I will be the last Republican president".

"If you look at the Bush family, it makes ideal sense". But George W. Bush's parents were clearly disturbed by the influence of Vice President Dick Cheney and neoconservative advisers. Like his father, the son disregarded the advice.

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The book by Mark K. Updegrove was previewed by The New York Times and CNN on Friday. "I understand the way the system works", he said.

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