GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is getting some support from an unexpected corner of the political world: the Bush family. George P. Bush, the son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and nephew of George W. Bush, has broken with the rest of his family offering a clear, although tepid, endorsement of the GOP nominee.
George P. Bush, who is the Texas Land Commissioner, made his endorsement on Saturday at a gathering of state GOP activists. The Texas Tribune reports:
Addressing state GOP activists Saturday, Bush said it was time to put aside any lingering animosity from the primaries — where Trump defeated Bush’s dad, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, among others — and get behind Trump.
“From Team Bush, it’s a bitter pill to swallow, but you know what? You get back up and you help the man that won, and you make sure that we stop Hillary Clinton,” Bush said, according to video of the remarks provided by an audience member.
Despite his son’s endorsement of the GOP candidate, Jeb Bush refuses to throw his support behind his erstwhile rival. Over the past several days, rumors have been swirling that Jeb plans on endorsing third party candidate, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson.
George W. Bush, who has remained silent for the entirety of President Barack Obama’s two terms, has also been critical of Trump. The former president recently chided Trump at a fundraiser, criticizing his policies as “isolationism, nativism and protectionism.”