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A Member of the Bush Family Finally Backs Donald Trump

Jeb Bush's son breaks with his family with support of Trump.

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Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, as well as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, all have refused to publicly support Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Now, there is dissention in the ranks of one of the GOP’s most prominent families.

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, the son of defeated Trump rival Jeb Bush, has broken with his family by publicly calling for Republicans to vote for their party’s nominee. His rationale? Anyone, including the billionaire businessman who is now trailing in national and battleground state polls and is publicly opposed by many traditional Republicans, would be a better president than Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

“I know a lot of us in this room had dogs in the fight of the primary, leading up to the race. But you know what? It’s time to put it aside,” he said Saturday, according to a Texas Tribune report. “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.”

Support for Trump from the Bush camp had previously been non-existent. Jeb said he will not vote for Trump and penned an op-ed arguing that Trump didn’t reflect “the principles or inclusive legacy of the Republican Party” and that he hoped the mogul “doesn’t represent its future.”

The two former Bush presidents have also stayed steered clear of the GOP nominee and skipped the Republican National Convention last month in Cleveland.

It’s not clear how much Trump will value the new endorsement given the evident pleasure he’s taken in previously attacking the Bush family. During the primary, he memorably derided Jeb Bush for being “low energy,” and he has blamed George W. Bush for failing to prevent the 9/11 attacks and launching the long war in Iraq.  

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David Francis was a senior reporter for Foreign Policy, where he covered international finance. @davidcfrancis

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