With Donald Trump the presumed nominee for the Republican party it has left many leaders in the party with the difficult decision of whether or not to support the real estate mogul for the presidency.
Many of the people who were running against Trump for the nomination have also been speaking out, and while some, like Ben Carson and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, have backed the reality television star, others just simply cannot do so. One former presidential candidate who just came out against Trump is former Governor of Florida, Jeb Bush.
Bush took to Facebook with a scathing statment, but he did begin by congratulating Trump on his success. He said:
I congratulate Donald Trump on securing his place as the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee. There is no doubt that he successfully tapped into the deep sense of anger and frustration so many Americans around the country rightfully feel today.
The tremendous anger of the current U.S. electorate – whether Republican, Democrat or independent – is a result of people fearful about the future, concerned with the direction of our country and tremendously frustrated by the abject failure and inability of leaders in Washington, D.C. to make anything better.
American voters have made it clear that Washington is broken, but I’m not optimistic that either of the leading candidates for President will put us on a better course.
He then goes into what it takes to truly be a leader:
The American Presidency is an office that goes beyond just politics. It requires of its occupant great fortitude and humility and the temperament and strong character to deal with the unexpected challenges that will inevitably impact our nation in the next four years.
But then explains, in great detail, how Donald Trump is not the man for the job.
Donald Trump has not demonstrated that temperament or strength of character. He has not displayed a respect for the Constitution. And, he is not a consistent conservative. These are all reasons why I cannot support his candidacy.
He’s also not supporting the Democratic frontrunner either. He said:
Hillary Clinton has proven to be an untrustworthy liberal politician who, if elected, would present a third term of the disastrous foreign and economic policy agenda of Barack Obama.
So, what has Bush decided to do? He states:
In November, I will not vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, but I will support principled conservatives at the state and federal levels, just as I have done my entire life. For Republicans, there is no greater priority than ensuring we keep control of both chambers of Congress. I look forward to working hard for great conservatives in the Senate and House in the coming months.
It looks as though Jeb Bush is making the decision not to vote at all for the presidency to focus on electing Republicans to Congress. This is likely a pattern we are going to see from many Republicans who do not want to see their party destroyed by the likes of Donald Trump. It’s understandable that Bush would not want to vote for a Democrat, but to not fall in line behind the Republican candidate is a huge deal. This not only says a lot about how he feels about Trump, but also about those who support him.
The coming months are going to be very interesting. Conservatives are going to have to take a good, long look within themselves to see if they can truly back a man who would be a horrific choice for not only America, but the entire world, just because of party politics. Only time will tell.
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