By CCN.com: Former first lady Barbara Bush says she disliked Donald Trump so much that she ceased to be a Republican in her final days. More than that, she blamed the “ugly” president for the heart attack she suffered in 2016.
According to an upcoming biography called “The Matriarch” by USA Today’s Susan Page, Barbara Bush says that Donald Trump’s attacks on her son Jeb during the 2016 primaries were fierce and upsetting, and the predominant cause of her election-year heart problems.
She also discusses her first encounters with Trump during the early 1990s. She describes him as “selfish, greedy” and “ugly.” She also comments that she didn’t understand why so many people were “for Trump,” and that she was astonished “women could vote for Trump.”
With all due respect to the late former first lady, it’s odd that Trump could invoke so many negative feelings when her own son, George W. Bush, was at the root of numerous problems in America during his time in office. Between 2001 and 2009, the 43rd president was responsible for inciting two wars in the Middle East that led to the deaths of thousands of soldiers and hundreds of thousands of civilians. One conflict began under the premise that weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) were available, and could be used against the U.S. These weapons were never uncovered.
Bush’s presidency saw the country fall victim to a massive recession that caused numerous companies to go bankrupt, resulting in massive job losses and millions of Americans losing their healthcare and other work-related benefits. America’s harsh conditions then led to the national housing crisis that saw the foreclosure rate in the U.S. skyrocket to never-before-seen figures.
All that’s okay, but Trump is the villain for stepping in and solving the economic problems that ultimately began during the Bush Administration?
Color me skeptical.
Strangely, the former first lady’s opinion and feelings towards Trump seemed to change later down the line.
After Trump won the election, her husband, despite voting for Hillary Clinton, called the president-elect to congratulate him. Barbara Bush further commented that Trump was “very nice” during that conversation.
She also penned a surprisingly conciliatory letter to Melania Trump welcoming her to the White House:
“Dear Mrs. Trump: The world thought I was writing this note to Bill Clinton. I am glad that I am not. I wanted to welcome you to the First Ladies very exclusive club. Whatever you decide to do is your business and yours alone… Living in the White House is a joy… If you decide to stay in NYC, that will be fine also. When you come to the White House, let your son bring a friend. That is my unasked-for advice. God Bless you.”
On the anniversary of Trump’s election, Bush gave further comments to biographer Page about the billionaire’s presidency, suggesting that despite her initial misgivings Trump’s election had not driven her to despair.
“We’re a strong country, and I think it will all work out.”
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