Since Gov. Jeb Bush suspended his presidential campaign last month, many have been waiting for him to endorse one of the remaining candidates. But so far, neither Jeb, his brother George W. or former First Lady Laura, have announced who they’ll support.
Politico reported earlier this month of the former president and first lady:
“While I would never rule anything out, he definitely doesn’t have any plans to make an endorsement,” said an aide to the former president. “He and Mrs. Bush voted early in Texas for Jeb. Now, like a lot of voters, they are watching to see who can unite the party, represent conservative values and serve as president of all the people.”
Judging from an interview published today, former First Lady Laura Bush isn’t ready to say Donald Trump is that guy.
Via The Hill:
Laura Bush shot down an interviewer asking whether she would vote for GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump.
“I’m not going to answer,” the former first lady told Susan Page on USA Today’s “Capital Download” in an interview published Thursday. “Don’t ask that.”
Laura Bush said she is uncommitted after former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, her brother-in-law, suspended his presidential campaign last month.
“We got off the sidelines for Jeb,” she said of herself and former President George W. Bush, her husband. “He was our candidate.”
Watch — jump to 6:15 to see Mrs. Bush’s response to the question about Trump:
If the former first lady’s uncharacteristic demeanor in shutting down the question wasn’t clue enough, she went on to elaborate in a way that is unmistakably pointed at a key area of criticism about the GOP presidential frontrunner. Mrs. Bush shook her head when the interviewer mentioned Islam hating America and banning all Muslims.
She went on to caution Americans against abandoning their tolerance of other cultures and religions.
“One of the reasons we’re a country is because we believe in freedom of religion,” she said. “We believe that people could be religious….We need to remember what our values are.”
Laura Bush additionally said that breaking with traditional American principles would leave the nation isolated.
“We have a tendency in the United States, and it’s happened in other times in our history, to become sort of isolationist and xenophobic and, you know, we’re just going to stay here together and not pay attention to the rest of the world,” she said.
“It’s something we have to pay attention to now because our world is so small. It’s important for us — even though we’ve gone through these stages many other times in our history — to pay attention to the rest of the world.”
Always a class act, in my opinion, Mrs. Bush didn’t directly call out Donald Trump but eloquently stated her own views on some of the ideas associated with him.
While Mrs. Bush is right to remind us of our core American values, I can’t help but think of something Col. Allen West reminds us: when tolerance becomes a one-way street, it leads to cultural suicide. Whether or not you agree with all of his rhetoric and tactics, we should understand that part of the reason Trump is so popular is because many feel this is exactly what’s been happening, especially during the past seven years.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]