In an exclusive report from POLITICO, 41st President of the United States George H.W. Bush is rejecting his party’s presidential nominee and will cast his vote for Hillary Clinton.
Bush, who is now 92-years-old, initially planned to stay quiet on who he supports this election. But the word got out thanks to a member of the Kennedy family.
According to POLITICO, this Monday Kathleen Hartington Kennedy Townsend (former Maryland lieutenant governor and daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy) posted a picture of herself on Facebook shaking hands with Bush with the caption: “The President told me he’s voting for Hillary!!”
Townsend told POLITICO that she met with Bush in Maine earlier today when he broke the news.
Asked about Townsend’s post, George H.W. Bush spokesman Jim McGrath in an email replied, “The vote President Bush will cast as a private citizen in some 50 days will be just that: a private vote cast in some 50 days. He is not commenting on the presidential race in the interim.”
Rumblings about the Bush family’s dislike for GOP nominee Donald Trump began to circulate when both H.W. and his son W. skipped the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer.
Bush’s former Vice President, Dan Quayle, is backing Trump however.
“Clearly in their heart of hearts I should hope they would want a Republican president, but they can speak for themselves,” Quayle told POLITICO in July.
Tough luck, Dan.
[This post has been updated]