During a recent appearance at the Women of the World summit in New York, former First Lady Laura Bush made comments that some interpreted to mean she’d rather vote for Hillary Clinton if Donald Trump is the GOP nominee.
The three-day summit focused mostly on women’s rights, especially in times of war or under repressive regimes. At times however, the discussion ventured towards the U.S. election and what many see to be misogyny and racism emanating from the Trump and Cruz campaign.
Although she was careful not to endorse or condemn any specific candidate, Mrs. Bush hinted she was among a growing group of Republicans who are committed to preventing Donald Trump from being in office – even if it means voting for Hillary Clinton.
“I want our next president – whoever he or she might be – to be somebody who is interested in women in Afghanistan and who will continue US policies… that we continue to do what we’re committed to do as a country,” she said, alongside her twin daughters Jenna and Barbara.
“That’s who I want – or the kind of people that will do that and will pay attention to our history, and know what’s happened before and know specifically how we can continue to do the good things that we do around the world.”
omg laura bush just said she'd rather see Hillary as president than Trump this is so great
— h.l.n. (@hellohln) April 9, 2016
From The Telegraph:
Many in the packed auditorium took her words as a coded criticism of Mr Trump, whose foreign policy plans have been condemned as isolationist and weak on detail.
His closest rival Ted Cruz has also made clear that the US has no role in Afghanistan other than fighting terrorism.
In contrast, Mrs Clinton was among those who offered a cover endorsement for Mrs Bush’s Afghan book. “For over a decade, Laura Bush has been an ally and advocate for the women of Afghanistan and, in particular, has worked to ensure that the voices of Afghan women are heard,” she wrote.
The two women share a special bond as former first ladies and are of a similar age: both know the struggles of working their way up in a male-dominated world.
According to The Telegraph, Bush’s daughter Jenna was a little more forthright when it came to criticizing the election rhetoric, saying she’s disturbed to see what’s going on when she has 6-month-old baby at home.
“I worry about her future,” she said. “You want smart, capable people to run but when it turns into this…”
Her words were reportedly cut off by thunderous applause from the audience.
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