Harry Truman famously said about Dwight D. Eisenhower, “He knows no more about politics than a pig knows about Sunday.” That sentiment has been echoed by George W. Bush, Sr. and Jr., referencing Donald Trump, in a book that just came out, and Trump struck back yesterday, calling the invasion of Iraq, “one of the greatest foreign policy mistakes in American history.”
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Former president George H.W. Bush mocked then-candidate Trump as a “blowhard” and voted for a Democratic president, while the younger Bush worried aloud that Trump would destroy the idea of a Republican president in all but name, according to “The Last Republicans,” which is scheduled to go on sale later this month.
“I don’t like him,” George H.W. Bush told Updegrove before the election, according to the book. “I don’t know much about him, but I know he’s a blowhard. And I’m not too excited about him being [our] leader.”
A month earlier, Trump had famously cited himself as his own best foreign policy adviser. “Because I have a very good brain and I’ve said a lot of things,” said the candidate, who had no diplomatic or military experience.
Upon learning this, Updegrove wrote, George W. Bush thought to himself: “Wow, this guy really doesn’t understand the job of president.”
If Trump convinced Dubya that he was an idiot who didn’t understand the presidency, that says a lot. Trump stood for, “everything that the Bushes abhorred,’ the article goes on to say. That goes for the rest of us as well.