Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, daughter of Robert Kennedy, visited George H.W. Bush over the weekend and came back claiming that he told her that he was voting for … Hillary Clinton.
Townsend, a Democrat who served as Maryland lieutenant governor for eight years, posted a photo to her Facebook account of her with the former president with a caption that read “The President told me he’s voting for Hillary!!”
Jim McGrath, a spokesman for George H.W. Bush, neither confirmed nor denied the statement made by Townsend and told CNN, “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.”
After the statement by Bush’s camp, the photo was removed from social media.
It is no secret of the love lost between the Bush family and Donald Trump. Jeb Bush said that he will not be voting for Trump, but did not go as far as to say that he would be voting for Hillary either. There was also the Republican National Convention where neither George Bush senior or junior, or any former presidents at all, showed up to endorse Donald Trump.
This is really the same fight we have seen since early in the primaries, the Republican establishment leaders fighting for control of their party versus Donald Trump.
Pro-Trump supporters will discount this as nothing new and call President Bush a traitor to the party and Anti-Trumpers will say this is just further proof that the man shouldn’t be president. In the end, I suspect, this will have little more importance than a single vote cast.