Late Barbara Bush, the wife of former US President George W.Bush in an upcoming biography revealed that she was no longer a Republican because of the direction the GOP took under President Donald Trump.
The Matriarch, Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty is based on her diaries and a number of interviews she gave Susan Page, Washington bureau chief of USA Today, over several years.
Nearly after a year of her death, Page’s book which is billed for release on April 2 reveals how her dislike of Trump stretched back decades.
Donald Trump was said to have attempted to be the running mate George H.W. Bush in 1988 , when he was about to receive the Republican presidential nomination, the year he went on to beat Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis.
But Barbara Bush had a dim view of Trump even then, the book says, outlining how she wrote in her diary in 1990 that Trump was “the real symbol of greed in the 80s.”
She was equally as disparaging of his divorce settlement with his wife, Ivana, when her allies said the $25 million prenuptial settlement was not enough. “Trump now means greed, selfishness and ugly. So sad,” Bush wrote.
In October 2017, Bush said “yes,” but in February 2018, a year after Trump had taken the oath of office, she said: “I’d probably say no today.”
Page wrote, “That was a stunning acknowledgment… Her comment reflected the aftershocks of the earthquake that was the 2016 election.”
Before Trump was announced the winner in 2016, Bush had drafted a congratulatory letter to send to Bill Clinton with the belief that his wife, Hillary, would win.
“It said, ‘Welcome to the First Ladies Club, we can’t wait to initiate you.’” She never got to post it.
“I woke up and discovered, to my horror, that Trump had won,” Bush told Page. However, she did write a warm letter of support to Trump’s wife, Melania.