Former First Lady Barbara Bush, who died just last year, is the subject of a candid new biography in which she went into explicit detail about the true disdain she felt for current president Donald Trump. After learning about her feelings, Trump says he’s not surprised.
“Trump now means greed, selfishness and ugly. So sad.”-A quote from the diary of former First Lady Barbara Bush
Susan Page’s book, The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of a Dynasty, which was based Mrs. Bush’s diary which was given to her and on interviews with the former First Lady, was released earlier this month and reveals Ms. Bush’s deep seated anger for Trump, calling him the “symbol of greed”.
She even admits that during the 2016 presidential election where Trump was running on the Republican Party ticket, the very Party in which the Bush family has been such a dominant presence for decades, she wrote in a candidate rather than cast her vote for him.
In an exclusive interview with The Washington Times, Trump shrugged off these revelations, one by one, blaming the rivalry between himself and brothers and political powerhouses Jeb and George Bush. Trump’s campaign in 2016 was savage in its criticism of the Bush brothers, going after George for his invasion of Iraq, and later famously waylaying Jeb Bush for his “low energy”.
Shockingly, she even noted that Trump’s over-the-top mockery and ridicule of her son caused her such stress that she classified it as “angst,” and she admitted that she was actually rushed to the hospital in June 2016 for a cardiac incident related to that very stress.
“President Donald Trump
“I have heard that she was nasty to me, but she should be. Look, she’s the mother of somebody that I competed against. Most people thought he [Jeb Bush] was going to win and he was quickly out… 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.”
Many Republicans, Democrats, and even political pundits underestimated Trump in the 2016 presidential election and really didn’t see a way in which he would actually win the White House. We learn in this book that Ms. Bush was no different. In fact, she even prematurely penned a letter to former President Bill Clinton welcoming him to the first spouse club, assuming that he would be the country’s first First Man when his wife won the presidency.
Mrs. Bush said that on the morning after the 2016 election she woke up and “discovered to my horror that Trump had won”. How many people can relate to THAT sentiment.