Jeb Bush Has Made A Decision On Whether Or Not To Support Donald Trump

Republican Candidates Debate In New Hampshire Days Before State's Primary
Getty Image / Joe Raedle

Say, do you remember Jeb Bush? Sure you do! He was that dude that used to be Governor of Florida, entered the GOP nomination race as a well-funded contender and exited after an underwhelming campaign. Oh, also he was the dude that had to do the “please clap” thing, took a strong stance on killing baby Hitler (BRING IT ON, NAZI ENFANT!) and got into a number of dust-ups with current frontrunner Donald Trump. See! Those bits you remember.

The Trump vs. Bush battle was one of the more intriguing elements in the race to see which Republican White House hopeful would reign supreme and now that Trump looks increasingly likely to be the party’s nominee, we have another chapter in the saga. Jeb! took to Facebook yesterday for a lengthy post that outlined the politician’s thoughts about the prospect of voting for the New York business giant.

Bush congratulated his rival for leading the pack and said that “American voters have made it clear that Washington is broken.” Things quickly shifted into an explanation of why he could not and would not support/vote for Donald Trump.

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.

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.

This non-endorsement won’t cause him much grief at the next family barbecue. Both his brother President George W. Bush and father George H.W. Bush aren’t lending their names to Trump’s campaign either. Does this mean he’ll back Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton in a surprise curveball move? Nope, that’s not in the game plan, either. Bush labels Clinton an “untrustworthy liberal politician” in the post and says he won’t be voting for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton come election day. Hey! Maybe that’s good news for this guy.

(via NPR)