Has anyone particularly cared about former President George W. Bush’s thoughts since he left office?
Apparently he hasn’t received the message.
According to sources close to Bush, the former President will not support President Trump in the 2020 election.
This news comes along with news that both Mitt Romney and Colin Powell will also not support the President’s re-election.
The New York Times reported on Bush’s defection from supporting the President:
It was one thing in 2016 for top Republicans to take a stand against Donald J. Trump for president: He wasn’t likely to win anyway, the thinking went, and there was no ongoing conservative governing agenda that would be endangered.
The 2020 campaign is different: Opposing the sitting president of your own party means putting policy priorities at risk, in this case appointing conservative judges, sustaining business-friendly regulations and cutting taxes — as well as incurring the volcanic wrath of Mr. Trump.
But, far sooner than they expected, growing numbers of prominent Republicans are debating how far to go in revealing that they won’t back his re-election — or might even vote for Joseph R. Biden Jr., the presumptive Democratic nominee. They’re feeling a fresh urgency because of Mr. Trump’s incendiary response to the protests of police brutality, atop his mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to people who spoke on the condition of anonymity to disclose private discussions.
Former President George W. Bush won’t support the re-election of Mr. Trump, and Jeb Bush isn’t sure how he’ll vote, say people familiar with their thinking. Senator Mitt Romney of Utah won’t back Mr. Trump and is deliberating whether to again write in his wife, Ann, or cast another ballot this November. Cindy McCain, the widow of Senator John McCain, is almost certain to support Mr. Biden but is unsure how public to be about it because one of her sons is eying a run for office.
And former Secretary of State Colin Powell announced on Sunday that he will vote for Mr. Biden, telling CNN that Mr. Trump “lies about things” and Republicans in Congress won’t hold him accountable. Mr. Powell, who And former Secretary of State Colin Powell announced on Sunday that he will vote for Mr. Biden, telling CNN that Mr. Trump “lies about things” and Republicans in Congress won’t hold him accountable. Mr. Powell, who voted for former President Barack Obama as well as Hillary Clinton, said he was close to Mr. Biden politically and socially and had worked with him for more than 35 years. “I’ll be voting for him,” he said.
None of these Republicans voted for Mr. Trump in 2016, but the reproach of big Republican names carries a different weight when an incumbent president and his shared agenda with Senate leaders are on the line.
Former Republican leaders like the former Speakers Paul D. Ryan and John A. Boehner won’t say how they will vote, and some Republicans who are already disinclined to support Mr. Trump are weighing whether to go beyond backing a third-party contender to openly endorse Mr. Biden. Retired military leaders, who have guarded their private political views, are increasingly voicing their unease about the president’s leadership but are unsure whether to embrace his opponent.
Mr. Biden himself, while eager to win support across party lines, intends to roll out his “Republicans for Biden” coalition later in the campaign, after fully consolidating his own party, according to Democrats familiar with the campaign’s planning.
Again, it’s really not a shock Bush would hold such a stance.
He didn’t support the President in 2016 after his brother’s embarrassing campaign failure to capture the Republican nomination.
Check out some of the reactions to Bush’s stance:
Yes, the former President that launched us into an endless war in the Middle East is really where people should be looking to inspiration when it comes to who they should vote for.
According to Fox News, Rudy Giuliani had thoughts on the Bush’s disappointing decision to turn his back on the Republican Party:
President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani did not seem concerned on Sunday about reports that establishment Republicans are publicly saying that they won’t vote for the president in November’s general election.
Giuliani – the former mayor of New York City – said he was “disappointed” to read reports that former President George W. Bush and Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, would not be voting for Trump this November – saying that Bush needs to “get over” Trump’s attack on his brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and that Romney has a “chip on his shoulder.”
“The Bushes are hurt,” Giuliani said on “Sunday Morning Futures.” “They're internally hurt. And my view is you get over it. I mean, the reality is this country is bigger than your personal anger at Trump.”
He added: “There's a personal anger that's affecting their decisions. And I'm very disappointed in that because the difference between Trump and [Democratic presidential nominee Joe] Biden is so palpable for anyone who has Republican values.”
Giuliani’s comments come after a New York Times report stated that both Bush and Romney would not be supporting Trump, and as other prominent establishment Republicans have either expressed reservations against backing the GOP president for another term or have publicly backed Biden.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday became the latest member of the Republican Party’s old guard to announce that he will not be voting for President Trump in November’s general election. Powell instead made clear that when he heads to the ballot box this fall he will be casting his vote for Biden.
"I'm very close to Joe Biden in a social matter and in a political matter," Powell said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” "I've worked with him for 35, 40 years. And he is now the candidate and I will be voting for him."
Along with Romney and former President Bush, the New York Times is reporting that Jeb Bush and Cindy McCain, the wife of late Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, are also considering voting against Trump come November.
It’s almost certain that no person in America cares in the slightest who Cindy McCain votes for.
As for Bush, perhaps he should stick to his post-presidency hobby of painting instead of inserting himself into political matters.
Watch CNBC’s report on Bush right here: