By now, many people know of former first lady Barbara Bush’s disdain for Mr. Trump. In a new biography about Mrs. Bush – “The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of a Dynasty”- her feelings about the man who is now in the Oval Office are brought to light. Barbara Bush’s serious dislike for Trump goes back to the 1990’s when she wrote in her diary that Trump represents “greed, selfishness and ugly.”
On Thursday during an interview with The Washington Times, Trump reacted to Barbara Bush’s disdain for him, saying:
‘I have heard that she was nasty to me, but she should be. Look what I did to her sons.’
According to The Washington Post:
‘The Bushes represent a Republican Party that is hardly recognizable anymore in the era of Trump. Trump ran his presidential campaign attacking her son President George W. Bush for the war in Iraq and embarrassed another son, Jeb Bush, during the 2016 GOP presidential primary.’
During that primary, Mr. Trump referred to Jeb as “Low Energy Jeb,” and beat him in the early primary states, causing him to drop out early in the campaign. Trump said:
‘I hit him very hard in South Carolina. Remember? He was supposed to win South Carolina and I won it in a landslide. I hit him so hard.’
During a speech at an event for The History Channel, George W. Bush defended immigrants and referred to Mr. Trump’s presidency, saying:
‘I understand a lot of people are concerned right now.’
The book reveals that Barbara Bush blamed Trump for the anxiety she felt during the 2016 election. Mrs. Bush discusses how she woke up the morning after the election “and discovered, to my horror, that Trump had won.”
Another interesting detail revealed in the book is that Barbara had a clock beside her bed that counted down the days until the end of Trump’s term.
She was asked a month before she died if she was still a Republican, and responded:
‘I’d probably say “no” today.’
Mrs. Bush did an interview that took place in 2018 as the first anniversary of Trump’s election approached, and said:
‘I’m trying not to think about it.
‘We’re a strong country, and I think it will all work out.’
According to The Arizona Republic:
‘Trump’s remarks directed at Barbara Bush come after he has drawn criticism from fellow Republicans for a month-long assault on the late Sen. John McCain of Arizona. McCain, who died in August, had sharp words for the president toward the end of his life, and used his final speech on the Senate floor to call for a return to comity and bipartisanship in Washington.’
Barbara Bush was 100 percent correct in her assessment of the sitting president of the United States – “greed, selfishness and ugly” encompasses all that he is and it is truer now than it was nearly 30 years ago.
One can only hope that the political turmoil Trump has catapulted this country into finds a means for recovery. The 2020 election is just around the corner, and one can only hope it results in an elected leader who is the antithesis of Mr. Trump.
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