On Tuesday, Kathleen Hartington Kennedy Townsend, former Maryland lieutenant governor and daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, posted a photo of herself and the former president George H.W. Bush together on Facebook.
The caption on the photo read, “The President told me he’s voting for Hillary!!”
Now, this might be a case of “he said, she said”, because when asked about Townsend’s post, Bush Sr. spokesman Jim McGrath replied in an email saying.
“The vote President Bush will cast as a private citizen in some 50 days will be just that: a private vote cast in some 50 days. He is not commenting on the presidential race in the interim.”
McGrath neither confirmed nor denied the endorsement.
Now, if Kathleen Kennedy Townsend is lying about it, it would be an audacious move, but it’s highly unlikely considering the Bush camp would have emphatically denied it if that was the case.
However, is it surprising to learn the former Republican president endorsed the Democratic nominee for president?
Yes. Hillary’s husband dethroned George H.W. Bush in his re-election bid in 1992. But on the other hand, Donald Trump trounced Bush’s son, Jeb, in the primaries this election.
In fact, many former GOP officials from both Bush administrations have announced their support for Clinton over Trump, like former commerce secretary Carlos Gutierrez and national security adviser Brent Scowcroft.
But Donald Trump’s appeal amongst his passionate supporters has always been the fact that he’s a political outsider, and a majority of Americans are enraged by this “do-nothing” establishment government who ignores the people.
This frustration about our government is evident by the popularity of Trump and former Democratic nominee hopeful, Bernie Sanders, before his Party overthrew him. We are in the midst of a “political revolution” – which is a saying Sanders coined and repeated about a million times during his campaign.
Bush Sr. would rather vote for a candidate who has few political philosophies in line with his than the other candidate who has many. Why? Because Trump is an outsider and the United States government is mostly familial. And familial takes precedence.
Imagine if Hillary Clinton had beaten Barack Obama in the primaries and continued on to win the presidency in 2008 through 2016. That would mean that four presidents in a row—28 straight years—would have all been from just two separate families.
And imagine if Jeb Bush had beaten every one of his opponents in the Republican primary, and then won the election this November?
The Clintons and Bushes are political royalty and it’s infuriated the American people.
Even the woman who posted the picture of Bush Sr. is a Kennedy, the epitome of political royalty in America. The Kennedy’s are as close to Britain’s “royal family” that we have.
Ben Shapiro of the Dailywire also noted:
“But the H.W. Bush apparent decision, reported by Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, should come as no surprise…
… To be fair, Trump clubbed Jeb! like a baby seal and the Bush family specifically during the debates; that had to draw some ire from the family.
But for George H.W. Bush, the deciding factor was likely attitudinal: Trump just doesn’t belong. The Clintons, by dint of two decades in the White House spotlight, do.”
But it’s not just “attitudinal”, as Shapiro mentions, it’s also a dictator, czar-like obsession to bury the American people’s power of choice – the exact opposite of what our Founding Fathers intended.
For this very reason, Republican voters should not be too concerned by Bush Sr.’s “endorsement” for Hillary Clinton. In fact, this may even drive more Republican voters towards Trump.
And Trump shouldn’t even be concerned by any endorsements from any current or former officials who served in the federal government anyway.
It doesn’t seem like he minds or cares either way.
Americans are sick of this familial reign of leaders. That’s Trump’s appeal.
What do you think of the familial reign of power in our government?