Former President George H.W. Bush will reportedly be casting his vote in this year’s presidential election for Hillary Clinton. That is according to a report from former Maryland Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, who is also the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy.
On Monday, Townsend posted a picture on her Facebook page shaking hands next to the former president and this caption: “The President told me he’s voting for Hillary!!”
In a telephone interview, Townsend said she met with the former president in Maine earlier today, where she said he made his preference known that he was voting for a Democrat. “That’s what he said,” she told POLITICO.
The Bush family told Politico they would not be further commenting on President Bush’s vote in this year’s election.
Jeb Bush, who ran against Donald Trump in the Republican primary, has not endorsed the nominee and did not appear at the party convention in Cleveland. Trump has also not been endorsed by any of the living former Republican First Ladies, Laura Bush or Barbara Bush.
By comparison, when the elder Bush ran a tough primary against Ronald Reagan in 1980, not only did he bury the hatchet but came on board as his running mate, eventually being elected president on his own in 1988. George W. Bush, who also has not endorsed Trump, was endorsed by his primary rival Sen. John McCain in 2000 and 2004. Bush, as the sitting president, endorsed McCain in his unsuccessful 2008 campaign against Barack Obama.
The snub continues an ongoing rejection of Donald Trump by the established, well-known families in the Republican Party. Former nominee Mitt Romney, despite being endorsed by Trump in 2012, has become perhaps the most visible symbol of the #NeverTrump movement.
The only significant Republican nominee to endorse Trump has been former Senator Bob Dole, who was the Republican nominee in 1996. Dole lost to President Bill Clinton.
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