WASHINGTON (WIVB) — After choosing in March to back Ted Cruz in his quest for the Presidency, Jeb Bush, brother to George W. Bush and son to George H.W. Bush, has announced he won’t be supporting Donald Trump.
Trump, who leads the Republican field in the race for the White House currently, is expected to be the nominee, but he’s finding it hard to sway much of the party’s top brass to fall under his umbrella, including the Bush family.
Jeb Bush announced on Facebook on Friday that although Trump has found political success, he doubts the candidate’s characteristics to step into the office of Commander in Chief.
The office of President of the United States “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,” Bush wrote. “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.”
But the former Governor of Florida said he also couldn’t support Hillary Clinton, who leads the field for the Democrats, edging out Bernie Sanders in delegate count.
“I will not vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, but I will support principled conservatives at the state and federal levels, just as I have done my entire life.”
Bush’s announcement is representative of a fractured Republican party, and comes on the heels of House Speaker Paul Ryan announcing he also isn’t prepared to support the boisterous Trump.