The Last 2 GOP Presidents Won't Endorse Trump
In a rare move, both say they're staying out of the election
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2016 7:31 AM CDT
Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara Bush in March 2015.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
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(Newser) – Jeb Bush chose not to endorse Donald Trump. His father and brother are now following suit. In statements to the Guardian, George HW Bush and George W Bush each say they're staying out of the 2016 election, which means they won't endorse Trump, though he's now the presumptive GOP nominee. A rep for the elder Bush says he "is retired from politics" and only "came out of retirement to do a few things for Jeb." But this year will mark the first time in five election cycles that he hasn't endorsed the Republican nominee, reports the Texas Tribune.

The younger Bush likewise supported Mitt Romney in 2012 and John McCain in 2008. His rep says he "does not plan to participate in or comment on the presidential campaign." It's possible the Bushes are still peeved about Trump calling Jeb Bush "an embarrassment to his family," and George W Bush's invasion of Iraq a "mistake." Several other GOP figures, including Sens. Dean Heller of Nevada and Ben Sasse of Nebraska, say they won't vote for Trump. Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Rob Portman of Ohio say they'll vote for him, but not endorse him.