That’s George P. Bush, the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, nephew of former President George W. Bush and grandson of former President George H.W. Bush.
That political lineage seems to be one thing that George P. is greater than prepared to throw over the facet, nonetheless, like so many formidable Republicans who beg and scrape to win the endorsement of former President Donald Trump.
In the run-up to Wednesday’s announcement, George P. tweeted a picture of himself on a cell phone
with this caption: “Great to speak with President Trump to discuss the future of Texas and how we are keeping up the fight to put America first. I appreciate the words of encouragement and support.”
Which is one thing — particularly when you think about what Trump has mentioned about George P. Bush’s quick family.
Just in case you forgot:
* “We need another Bush in office about as much as we need Obama to have a 3rd term,” Trump tweeted again in 2013. “No more Bushes!”
* In July 2015, Trump retweeted a Twitter person who claimed that Jeb Bush “has to like the Mexican Illegals because of his wife.”
(Jeb’s spouse and George P.’s mom, Columba, got here to the United States legally.)
* “The war in Iraq was a big, fat mistake,” Trump said in a Republican primary debate in February 2016
. “They lied. They said there were weapons of mass destruction. There were none.” (Jeb Bush responded: “I am sick and tired of him going after my family.”)
* In the summer time of 2020, when George W. Bush called for a return to civility in American politics (and life)
, Trump shot again that the previous president “was nowhere to be found in speaking up against the greatest Hoax in American history!”
And the Bushes have not precisely been shy about voicing their views on Trump, both. “He doesn’t give many answers to how he would solve problems,” said the late Barbara Bush
of Trump again in 2016. “He sort of makes faces and says insulting things.” Neither Jeb
nor George W. Bush
voted for Trump in that election.
So, there’s some baggage there. Like sufficient to go on trip in Europe for just a few months. (Side be aware: Are we doing trip once more?)
But George P. is apparently greater than prepared to look previous Trump’s previous insults directed at each his dad and mom in addition to his grandfather and uncle solely as a result of he believes that the one option to beat embattled Texas AG Ken Paxton
in a Republican major is to have Trump’s blessing.
Which is unseemly, however not terribly unique. Fellow Lone Star State Republican Ted Cruz has gone out of his option to court docket Trump — together with a latest journey to Mar-a-Lago — in hopes that if the previous President would not run in 2024, he would possibly say good issues about his one-time rival. Cruz’s obsequiousness is all of the extra stomach-turning whenever you recall that Trump, in the course of the 2016 marketing campaign, not-so-subtly urged that Cruz’s wife was ugly and that his father had been involved in the assassination of JFK
Early returns on George P.’s willingness to promote out his family to win over Trump are encouraging.
“I like them both very much,” Trump said in a statement about Paxton and George P. in late May
. “I’ll be making my endorsement and recommendation to the great people of Texas in the not-so-distant future.”
And if Trump does select George P. over the scandal-tarred Paxton, the scion of the primary family of Republican politics is very more likely to be the following legal professional common of Texas — and on a fast-track to the governor’s mansion.
But at what price?