The Last Republicans - Mark K. Updegrove - Hardcover

Kristopher Drake
November 5, 2017

- Former President George H.W. Bush says he is not too excited about "blowhard" President Trump and confirmed in a new book that he voted for Hillary Clinton.

"I don't like him", the elder Bush told Updegrove in May 2016 before the elections in November of that year, according to excerpts of the book obtained by AFP.

"I don't like him". And if you talk to those around him, they have confidence in his leadership.

Bush Sr., who voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, thought Trump seemed to have "a certain ego" but initially had hopes that he could unite the country if he possessed a sense of "humility".

A groundbreaking look at the lives of George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, the most consequential father-son pair in American history, often in their own words.

Those stinging comments mark the first time the former presidents are speaking out about Trump in such stark terms, as part of a new book about the father and son by historian Mark Updegrove, titled "The Last Republicans".

And both worry that Trump has blown up a Republican Party that they spent two lifetimes building, a party that was once committed to removing boundaries to trade and immigration, promoting democracy and civil society and asserting a robust USA leadership role in the world.


One of the key differences, according to the former presidents?

"I'm anxious that I will be the last Republican president", he told the author.

"I voted "None of the Above" for president, and Republican down ballot in 2016", he said of choosing not to support Mr Trump. However, at the time, he thought Bush was more concerned that Clinton would win the presidency, not Trump.

"The Last Republicans", published by HarperCollins, will be out November 14.

Bush and George H.W. Bush speak to the crowd before game five of the 2017 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Minute Maid Park on October 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

Updegrove said the title of the book came from a conversation he had with the junior Bush in which he said, "I'm anxious that I will be the last Republican president".

The book is described by its publisher Harper Collins as a work that "tracks the two Bush presidents from their formative years through their post-presidencies and the failed presidential candidacy of Jeb Bush, derailing the Bush presidential dynasty".

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