Now that all hopes to see a third Bush sit in the Oval office are shattered, a dissenting member of the political dynasty has announced he’s backing third party candidate Gary Johnson.
Marvin Bush, the youngest of former President George H. W. Bush’s four sons, said on Wednesday he will be supporting Libertarian nominee Johnson and his running mate Bill Weld.
During an appearance on 106.7 The Fan’s The Sports Junkies on Wednesday, Bush — who supported his brother Jeb in the Republican primary — said he would not be voting for Hillary Clinton, whom he called “one of the most dishonest people that’s ever been in politics.”
He said: “Things like the commodity trading and Whitewater and Filegate and the email controversy today and all this stuff […] There’s a pattern of deception there that’s the reason her trust ratings are lower than almost any politician around.”
But Bush didn’t exactly welcome the prospect of a Trump presidency either, fearing the long term consequences of the GOP nominee’s incendiary rhetoric on the new generation of voters.
“The worry,” he said, “is that a generation of kids […] are saying the best way to win is to rip somebody’s ass apart, somebody else’s ass apart, and to run them down.”
He said he would instead be voting Libertarian, pointing out that while Gary Johnson and Bill Weld weren’t as well-known as their opponents, they were “each successful two-term governors who balanced their budgets.”
“They’re fiscally conservative and their essential message is ‘get bureaucracy off our backs’. It used to be a part of what the Republicans believed,” he said.
The 59 year-old investment banker is the latest member of the Bush clan to voice reservations about the Republican nominee.
Jeb Bush, who repeatedly clashed with Trump on the campaign trail, recently told MSNBC that he won’t vote for either presidential candidate, since he doesn’t believe they would uphold the Constitution.
You can listen to the whole segment here.