Jeb Bush did not vote for Donald Trump, but now he is speaking out about the president-elect’s win. The former Florida governor and presidential candidate is opening a door to other Republicans, showing them a path forward. This is a big turn-around for Bush.
The youngest son of the historically political Bush family spoke at an East Tennessee leadership conference about Trump’s victory, according to NBC News affiliate WJHL:
‘My hope and prayer each and every day is that he understands the incredible opportunity he has to serve, that he has a servants heart and he leads.’
Bush says he is more optimistic than ever:
‘I am more optimistic today than I was prior to the election and I do think this was an against election. People’s anger is legitimate.
Jeb Bush may speak to the common man and woman nearly as well as Trump, but no one will ever know. The president-elect steam-rolled him early in the primary debates. Bush said:
‘Their frustrations are real. The system hasn’t worked for people in a long while. Washington needs to be drained, it is a swamp.’
Two separate debates where Donald Trump got a good zinger on Jeb Bush pic.twitter.com/NKRYHOcbFd
— Billy (@bllyray) March 3, 2016
Trump’s cabinet picks may have a lot to do with Bush’s opinion of the president-elect. Bush thinks very highly of Trump’s choice for secretary of state Rex Tillerson, calling him a “patriot.” Of course, both are oil men.
Rex Tillerson is a good man and accomplished leader who will serve our country well as Secretary of State.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) December 14, 2016
Bush said that he worries about Trump not understanding the power of his words, that the words of a president have consequences.
Then the former governor went on to discuss the CIA’s report on Russian hacking and how that probably did not have much to do with Clinton’s loss:
‘It’s so unbecoming for people who ran and lost to have all sort of excuses that blame everything but themselves. Hillary Clinton was a lousy candidate.
‘He just said things were bad, trust me, I’ll take care of it. Now he’s going to have his chance.’
Earlier this year, Bush called for a constitutional convention to limit Congressional terms, in an op-ed piece he wrote in the Wall Street Journal. Now that the GOP owns the White House, the Senate, and the House, Bush thinks this is the perfect time to change.
Bush thinks Trump has a large role to fill. He wrote:
‘Americans, by wide majorities, agree that Washington is broken, so let’s send power back to the people and back to the states.
‘Republicans should support convening a constitutional convention to pass term limits, a balanced-budget amendment and restraints on the Commerce Clause.’
Bush wants to remove all of the deadwood in government:
‘The GOP has no excuse for failure. We are in charge of both the executive and legislative branches in Washington, and we dominate in the states like never before…
‘not merely on behalf of the voters who supported President-elect Trump, but for all Americans.’
Things are different now, the man who ruled Florida wrote:
‘I hope for his success. I hope that he broadens the GOP, works across the aisle and governs with pragmatism and compassion. There are many who…agree that what matters most now is that this nation unites and moves forward together. I will work to support those goals.’
The biggest problem is that senators and representatives like their jobs and all the power that comes with them. They almost never just quit.
Jeb Bush and former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush all refused to attend the Republican National Convention (RNC) to celebrate Trump’s win.
Check out Bush and Trump during the primary debates in this video:
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) February 14, 2016
Featured Image: Getty Images/ Joe Raedle.