Jeb Bush

Bush Says Trump May Drag Down GOP In Midterms

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) “warns that Republicans are in for a beating in the fall elections if congressional races focus on the rhetoric and character of President Trump,” USA Today reports.

“Bush lambasted Trump’s erratic leadership style, obsession with Twitter and ‘racist’ comments that could cost Republicans control of Congress in November if they can’t distance themselves from the former reality TV star.”

Said Bush: “If the election is nationalized and it’s not about the economy, then we’ll lose.”

Jeb Bush’s Son Urges Support for Trump

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush (R) is now asking Texas Republicans to support Donald Trump, the Texas Tribune reports.

“Addressing state GOP activists Saturday, Bush said it was time to put aside any lingering animosity from the primaries — where Trump defeated Bush’s dad, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, among others — and get behind Trump.”

Said Bush: “From Team Bush, it’s a bitter pill to swallow, but you know what? You get back up and you help the man that won, and you make sure that we stop Hillary Clinton.”

Bush Says Trump Won’t Do What He Promises

Jeb Bush told NBC News that voters are going to “feel betrayed” by Donald Trump if he wins the election.

Said Bush: “Trump, you know, to his credit was very smart at exploiting these kind of opportunities.  He’s a master at understanding how the media works – more than anybody I’ve seen in politics.  Kudos to him for, you know, kind of creating the environment and then manipulating the environment to his effect.  The tragedy of this though, is that there isn’t going to be a wall built.  And Mexico’s not going to pay for it.  And there’s not going to be a ban on Muslims.  None of that is – this is all like an alternative universe that he created.  The reality is, that’s not going to happen.  And people are going to be deeply frustrated and the divides will grow in our country.”

‘The Stupidest Campaign in the World’

Looking back at the primaries, Jeb Bush super PAC adviser Mike Murphy told CNBC that he doesn’t see a scenario where his candidate could have won.

Said Murphy: “You know, once the debates started and it was clear that Jeb’s style, which would lend itself very well to a president of the United States or even a general election candidate, was the opposite of what they were looking for in the primary — I mean, when Trump said low energy, what he was really saying was too polite, too civil, too many big words. Jeb’s not built for the stupidest campaign in the world.”

Bush Not Certain the GOP Can Survive Trump

Jeb Bush told the Dutch news agency NRC Handelsblad that it’s “uncertain” whether the Republican Party will survive as an institution.

Said Bush: “Parties no longer stand for anything, but become a vehicle for the ambitions of their leaders. Politics becomes a personality show.”

He also blamed the media: “The press basically became his partner.”

Bush Says He Missed His Chance

Jeb Bush told CNN acknowledged that his presidential campaign made mistakes but doesn’t think it would have made much of a difference.

Said Bush: “I’ve learned to never say never. But this was my chance. This was the chance and I ran into a storm. It just didn’t resonate—people were interested in other things this election.”

Bush Endorses Cruz for President

Jeb Bush endorsed Ted Cruz, “becoming the most prominent member of the Republican establishment to support the Texas senator as he tries to slow Donald Trump’s efforts to capture the presidential nomination,” the New York Times reports.

“The endorsement came as aides to Mr. Cruz, who is unliked by much of the Republican leadership and many of his Senate colleagues, have been courting high-profile supporters to bolster his candidacy. The Cruz campaign has also sought support from Sen. Marco Rubio, who dropped out of the race after losing his home state to Mr. Trump on March 15.”

Mike Allen: “The news will surely irk Rubio, who could have benefited greatly from Bush’s embrace. But a Republican source said: ‘Jeb came to believe Marco was not up to the job of being President. It was never really under serious discussion.'”