Jeb Bush has said he will not vote for Donald Trump this November, but the former Florida governor’s son is urging fellow Republicans to fall in line behind their party’s nominee.
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, who is also serving as the state GOP’s victory chairman, stopped short of offering a full endorsement of the Manhattan billionaire. But he told a gathering of Texas Republicans that it is important to back Trump, if only to block Hillary Clinton from winning the White House.
“I know a lot of us in this room had dogs in the fight of the primary, leading up to the race. But you know what? It’s time to put it aside,” he said, according to a Texas Tribune report. “From Team Bush, it’s a bitter pill to swallow, but you know what? You get back up and you help the man that won, and you make sure that we stop Hillary Clinton.”
George P. Bush is most prominent member of his family thus far to get behind Trump’s candidacy. Both of the presidents in his family, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, have stayed away from the GOP nominee and did not attend the Republican National Convention last month in Cleveland. Jeb Bush, once the favorite to win the Republican nomination, has remained vocal in his criticism of Trump even after leaving the election.