Former GOP Presidents, Nominees & First Ladies Criticize and Condemn Divisive Trump Candidacy

NEW YORK–(ENEWSPF)–June 29, 2016.  As Hillary for America announced today that President Obama will campaign with Hillary Clinton in North Carolina next week, the dearth of former Republican presidents and nominees supporting Donald Trump has come into even clearer view. Donald Trump has spent years spouting hateful rhetoric and dangerous policies that will do serious harm to working families and put America’s security at risk. As a result of his divisive rhetoric and lack of fitness to serve as our next commander-in-chief, former Republican presidents, nominees, first ladies and their families have criticized, condemned, and outright rejected Trump’s candidacy this cycle to an unprecedented degree.

Read below what former Republican presidents, nominees and first ladies have to say about Trump, and click here for the growing list of Republicans and conservatives condemning Trump:

President George W. Bush: “[The] presidency is a serious job that requires sound judgment and good ideas…Strength is not empty rhetoric, it is not bluster, but rather based on”integrity and character. In my experience, the strongest person usually isn’t the loudest in the room.”
President George W. Bush: “I understand that Americans are angry and frustrated. But we do not need someone in the Oval Office who mirrors and inflames our anger and frustration. We need someone who can fix the problems that cause their anger and frustration.”

President George H.W. Bush: “For the first time since his own presidency, George H.W. Bush is planning to stay silent in the race for the Oval Office — and the younger former president Bush plans to stay silent as well. Bush 41, who enthusiastically endorsed every Republican nominee for the past five election cycles, will stay out of the campaign process this time. He does not have plans to endorse presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.”

President George H.W. Bush: “In July, even after breaking a vertebra in a fall that left him hospitalized in Maine, the elder Mr. Bush was fuming at the news of the day: Mr. Trump had belittled Sen. John McCain of Arizona for being taken prisoner in Vietnam. ‘I can’t understand how somebody could say that and still be taken seriously,’ said Mr. Bush, himself a naval aviator in World War II, according to his longtime spokesman.”
Mitt Romney: “Add Mitt Romney to the list of Republicans who won’t support Donald Trump as the presumptive party nominee. ‘I see way too much demagoguery and populism…I only hope and aspire that we’ll see more greatness.'”

Mitt Romney: “I wanted my grandkids to see that I simply couldn’t ignore what Mr. Trump was saying and doing, which revealed a character and temperament unfit for the leader of the free world…others, including myself, believe our first priority should be to stand by our principles and if those are in conflict with the nominee, the principles come first.”

John McCain: “”When he said, ‘I don’t like people who were captured,’ then there’s a body of American heroes, and I’d like to see him retract that statement. Not about me, but about the others.” Though McCain said he’d support Trump’s presidential bid, he added that Trump’s ad-hominem attacks during the campaign bothered him “a lot.” “You can almost violently disagree with someone on an issue. But to attack their character and their integrity — those wounds will take a long time to heal.””

John McCain: “If Donald Trump is at the top of the ticket, here in Arizona, with over 30 percent of the vote being the Hispanic vote, no doubt that this may be the race of my life…If you listen or watch Hispanic media in the state and in the country, you will see that it is all anti-Trump. The Hispanic community is roused and angry in a way that I’ve never seen in 30 years.”

The Daily Beast: The Bush Family Hates This Presidential Campaign: “Jenna Bush Hager made her feelings clear about the quality of the candidates at a talk at a ‘Women in the World’ talk.”
Barbara Bush: “He’s said terrible things about women, terrible things about the military. I don’t understand why people are for him, for that reason.”

Barbara Bush: “Putin endorsed him, for heaven’s sakes! Putin, the killer?…He endorsed Trump. That’s an endorsement you don’t want.”
Laura Bush: “Former first lady Laura Bush hinted this week that she would rather see Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office than Donald Trump, saying she wants the next president to be someone who cares about women in Afghanistan.  ‘I want our next president — whoever he or she might be — to be somebody who is interested in women in Afghanistan and who will continue U.S. policies … that we continue to do what we’re committed to do as a country.”

Laura Bush: On whether she will vote for Trump: “I’m not going to answer. Don’t ask that.”

Jenna Bush Hager: “Add Jenna Bush Hager to the Republicans who are not ready to fall in behind Donald Trump, the presumptive standard-bearer.”