Former President George W. Bush is no fan of Donald Trump. He disdains Trump so much that he didn’t even vote for him in 2020.
But he also didn’t vote for Joe Biden.
So, who did he vote for then?
According to Bush himself, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
That’s right, the former president voted for his former national security advisor and Secretary of State, even though she wasn’t on the ballot.
So, instead, W. chose her as a write-in candidate.
Breitbart reported that “Former President Georgia W. Bush revealed Thursday that he wrote-in Condoleezza Rice, who served as his secretary of state from 2005 to 2009, in the 2020 presidential election.
‘She knows it,’ Bush told People Magazine. ‘But she told me she would refuse to accept the office.’”
This isn’t the first time that Bush intimated he wasn’t going to vote for the Republican nominee of his party.
Last year, The New York Times reported that “Former President George W. Bush won’t support the reelection of Trump, and Jeb Bush isn’t sure how he’ll vote, say people familiar with their thinking.”
Maybe W. is still bitter after Trump shellacked his brother Jeb in the 2016 Republican primary, in which Jeb Bush was the early frontrunner before Trump came down the escalator at Trump Tower and ended the Bush dynasty.
Just this past weekend, Bush continued to attack on Trump on CBS’ Sunday Morning.
Bush said, “please put aside all the harsh rhetoric about immigration. Please put aside trying to score political points on either side. I hope I can help set a tone that is more respectful about the immigrant, which may lead to reform of the system…
To me, humility shows an understanding of self. It shows a belief in a higher power that is necessary to be an effective leader. And we were short of humility.”
Why doesn’t Bush support Trump?
It might simply be jealousy for all the conservative policy successes that Trump had compared to Bush.
Bush is just another Never-Trumper who can’t claim to be conservative if they didn’t support the accomplishments of Trump presidency, regardless what they think of the man himself. Just because he tweeted mean stuff doesn’t mean he wasn’t an effective conservative president.
On policy, if the Never-Trumpers are true conservatives—which I don’t believe they are—they should be applauding Trump’s accomplishments. He cut taxes— which is something Bush did in the early years of his presidency— cut regulations at a rate never seen in the modern age, and remade the judiciary by appointing conservative justices to the bench.
Bush finished his presidency in the pits of political irrelevancy with an approval rating in the low 20s. The War in Iraq was widely unpopular (Trump campaigned against many of the interventionalist Middle East engagements taken under Bush), and the economy collapsed on his watch in 2008. Following the collapse of the financial markets, Bush made one of the dumbest statements in the history of American Politics: “I’ve abandoned free–market principles to save the free–market system.”
When you look at Bush’s track record, you can’t help but wonder whether he was ever actually a Republican in the first place.