Despite his victory in the primaries, Donald Trump has failed to unify the Republican Party. Several of his opponents have refused to endorse him. One of those is former Florida governor Jeb Bush. The former presidential candidate isn’t supporting his party’s nominee, but he isn’t voting for Hillary Clinton, either. Instead, it’s starting to look like he might be supporting Libertarian Gary Johnson.
During a speech he gave to the Manhattan Institute, Bush joked about “President Johnson.”
‘If I did get a call several weeks after the election, what would I tell President Johnson — I mean, President whoever.’
Prior to that speech, he allegedly recommended that conflicted voter to cast his ballot for the Libertarian nominee.
‘There was an old man talking to Jeb across the table and said, ‘I can’t bring myself to vote for Hillary and Trump,’ and Jeb looked at him and mouthed the word ‘Johnson,’ silently’
It should be noted that this source spoke to the New York Daily News anonymously, so there is no way of verifying the story. However, a spokesperson for Bush did not deny the comments, but she did say that the governor hasn’t made up his mind on the upcoming election.
‘Nothing has changed since the Governor wrote (a Washington Post) op-ed a couple months ago saying he couldn’t support Hillary or Trump. He has said he would consider voting for the Libertarian ticket. No decision/update though.’
In that op-ed, Bush said that despite his appeal with primary voters, Trump did not represent the future of the Republican Party. Instead of taking blame for his party’s nominee, Bush instead choose to try and place the blame on President Obama.
‘While he has no doubt tapped into the anxiety so prevalent in the United States today, I do not believe Donald Trump reflects the principles or inclusive legacy of the Republican Party. And I sincerely hope he doesn’t represent its future.
‘As much as I reject Donald Trump as our party leader, he did not create the political culture of the United States on his own.
‘Eight years of the divisive tactics of President Obama and his allies have undermined Americans’ faith in politics and government to accomplish anything constructive…’
Regardless of whether Bush supports Johnson or not, it’s likely won’t make a difference. The Libertarian candidate was doing fairy well in the polls, but his ignorance of current events, such as the “Aleppo” incident, have hurt his standing.
You can watch the Aleppo incident below:
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