Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush posted a Facebook message congratulating Donald Trump on his all-but-certain path to the GOP nomination. But his congratulations came with some important exceptions.
Jeb Bush joins Paul Ryan in his resolve not to support Donald Trump, even if he is officially anointed at July’s Republican National Convention. Does that mean that Jeb Bush is voting for Hillary Clinton? People will no doubt accuse the former Florida Governor of voting for Hillary by not voting for Trump. But he doesn’t support either.
Jeb Bush began his Facebook post, stating, “I congratulate Donald Trump on securing his place as the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee.” He then offered some complements to the billionaire businessman in his abilities to tap into Americans’ “deep sense of anger and frustration.”
He echoed Americans’ general sentiment that Washington is broken, but said he was “not optimistic that either of the leading candidates for President will put us on a better course.”
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He added that the office of the presidency is something that requires great fortitude and character and the temperament to deal with the unexpected. And Trump, according to Jeb, doesn’t possess that temperament:
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. These are all reasons why I cannot support his candidacy.
Hillary Clinton has proven to be an untrustworthy liberal politician who, if elected, would present a third term of the disastrous foreign and economic policy agenda of Barack Obama.
In November, 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. For Republicans, there is no greater priority than ensuring we keep control of both chambers of Congress. I look forward to working hard for great conservatives in the Senate and House in the coming months.
Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has also indicated that he’s “just not ready” to endorse Donald Trump. In addition, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Mitt Romney, and John McCain will not be attending July’s RNC.