Former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush, has refused to support the presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump for president in the general election, which makes Bush one of the highest-profile Republican to disavow his party’s presidential nominee.
Bush issued a statement on Friday explaining the reasons for his decision, that according to him, are due to Trump’s lack of temperament or strength of character to fulfill the duties of the American presidency, according to a post on Facebook.
Trump’s defeated rival commented that the presidency is an office that goes beyond just politics and that requires of its occupant great fortitude, humility and the temperament and strong character to deal with the unexpected challenges, that will inevitably impact the nation in the next four years. Trump does not fill this requirement according to Bush.
“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” Bush said. “These are all reasons why I cannot support his candidacy.”
However, the Republican will not support Hillary Clinton either. Bush said that 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.
Bush will not vote for Trump or for Hillary in November but he will support principled conservatives at the state and federal level, just as he has done his entire life, according to the former governor. He added that for Republicans, the greatest priority is to ensure control of both chambers of Congress.
Trump without Sen. Lindsey O. Graham support as well
Graham has as well declared his lack of interest in supporting Trump for the general election while in addition denied it to give it to Clinton. According to Graham, Trump is not a reliable Republican conservative that has not displayed the judgment and temperament to serve as commander in chief, as reported by the Washington Post.
Trump responded to Graham later and said that he understood why he could not support him. “If I got beaten as badly as I beat him, and all the other candidates he endorsed, I would not be able to give my support either,” Trump said.
Source: The Washington Post