It seems Donald Trump can’t count on former president George H.W. Bush’s vote this November.
On Monday, former Maryland lieutenant governor Kathleen Hartington Kennedy Townsend posted a photo of herself and Bush to her Facebook page, along with the caption, “The President told me he’s voting for Hillary!”
Townsend, the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, confirmed her Facebook statement in a Politico telephone interview.
Such a move is unprecedented. Even when Republicans clawed at one another during the contentious 1964 candidacy of Barry Goldwater, as The Atlantic writes, former presidents Herbert Hoover and Dwight Eisenhower came together to support the nominee.
In spite of how historically atypical Bush’s move very much is, when contextualized with what has transpired during Trump’s campaign (and that the past couple weeks have seen Trump climbing in national polls), it isn’t all that surprising.
After all, as The Atlantic writes, “after Trump won the nomination in part by humiliating Jeb Bush, the Bush family clearly detests him.” Indeed, George W. Bush has said he will not be voting in this election, and Barbara Bush said she would not be voting for Trump, either.
Beyond family, Bush joins a list of Republican Party leaders who have said “no” to Donald Trump. This includes Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, John Kasich, Condoleezza Rice, Paul Wolfowitz, and Robert Gates, among others. You can see the entire list of Trump supporters and detractors — arranged by profession — at The Atlantic.