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Both Bush presidents bash 'blowhard' Donald Trump as unfit for the presidency

Both Bush presidents bash 'blowhard' Donald Trump as unfit for the presidency

A White House official hit back, telling CNN: "If one presidential candidate can disassemble a political party, it speaks volumes about how strong a legacy its past two presidents really had". "I'm anxious that I will be the last Republican president", the younger Bush told Updegrove at one point during the campaign.

In a speech on October 19, W. Bush took aim at bullying from public figures, and although a representative said his comments weren't meant to criticize Trump, the current president was embroiled in a feud with a Democratic congresswoman over whether he made an insensitive remark to the grieving wife of a fallen soldier. Son George W. Bush also gets in on the criticism, believing that Trump "fans public anger and came to office without any understanding of the job", according to the report.

Updegrove said the book title came from a comment made by the younger Bush a year ago.

George W. Bush told Updegrove that he was surprised Trump won the nomination and presidency.

Trump had recently had nice things to say about another former president, Jimmy Carter, whom he once called worst president in United States history.

In this endearing, illuminating work, presidential historian Mark K. Updegrove tracks the two Bush presidents from their formative years through their post-presidencies and the failed presidential candidacy of Jeb Bush, derailing the Bush presidential dynasty.

In "The Last Republicans", Mark K. Updegrove chronicles an era that feels nearly dated in today's reality-show politics, when the Republican establishment controlled the party and Washington, and when a single family could occupy the presidency and vice presidency for a combined 20 years. More than anything though, the Bushes are concerned that Trump is destroying the Republican Party.

Mark Updegrove, the author of "The Last Republicans", told CNN: "It makes flawless sense".

The book's title was inspired by the younger Bush's concerns that he had been "the last Republican president" - not just because Clinton was seen as favorite to win the election, but because Trump represented a major break from traditional conservatism. "I think his heart operation made a difference. I think he pushed things a little too far right". He added that Cheney and Donald H. Rumsfeld, his defense secretary, "didn't make one f-- decision". "Somebody has to be the bad guy".