'The Last Republicans' Highlights Former Presidents' Wariness Of Trump

Both Bush presidents bash 'blowhard' Donald Trump as unfit for the presidency

Who did the former presidents vote for in 2016?

"I don't like him", the elder Bush told Updegrove in May 2016 before the elections in November of that year, according to excerpts of the book obtained by AFP.

Updegrove, which will be released later this month, was previewed by The New York Times and CNN on Friday and revealed the former presidents' criticism of Trump, including George W. Bush's fear that he will be "the last Republican president" despite Trump's political affiliation.

The comments are sure to escalate a long-running feud and come after George W. Bush gave a speech last month that condemned bigotry, bullying and lies in USA politics in what was widely seen as a broadside against Trump even though the president was not mentioned by name.

Harper Collins says this about the book, it "tracks the two Bush presidents from their formative years through their post-presidencies and the failed presidential candidacy of Jeb Bush, derailing the Bush presidential dynasty".

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Neither of the two Republican former presidents voted for Trump - the father voted for Hillary Clinton and the son voted for "none of the above", as he told Updegrove.

Mark Updegrove, the author of "The Last Republicans", told CNN: "It makes ideal sense". "And I'm not too excited about him being a leader".

The book is titled The Last Republicans and in it, Updegrove takes a look at what is now seen as the bygone era of the GOP establishment. After Carter said Trump was being given a hard time by the media, the latter thanked him by tweeting his thanks for the "nice remarks ..."

When Trump declared that "I'm my own adviser", Bush thought he did not understand the presidency. Without mentioning Trump by name, Bush said "bigotry seems emboldened" and "our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication". George HW Bush said he voted for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, while his son told Mr Updegrove he did not vote for anyone.

President Trump remains focused on keeping his promises to the American people by bringing back jobs, promoting an America First foreign policy and standing up for the forgotten men and women of our great county [sic]. "And so, this notion that Cheney was making the decisions is ludicrous".

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