Former President Donald Trump has a volatile history with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who was his rival in the 2016 GOP presidential primary.
Although Bush’s son, George P. Bush, has maintained a much different supportive view of Trump, the former president chose to endorse Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton instead of the younger Bush, who hopes to unseat the incumbent.
“A true Texan”
The Bush family has been deeply involved in GOP politics for generations, but the name might now be seen as a liability.
Trump continues to reject the old guard in the Republican Party, opting to stand with those deemed sufficiently willing to fight back against the left.
Paxton has already made a name for himself in conservative circles for taking the fight directly to the Biden administration.
For his part, Trump offered a resounding endorsement in his statement, asserting: “Ken has my Complete and Total Endorsement for another term as Attorney General of Texas. He is a true Texan who will keep Texas safe — and will never let you down!”
The attorney general has launched multiple lawsuits against the federal government, taking action while some in his party choose to capitulate.
A dying dynasty
In contrast, the Bush family is seen as emblematic of the GOP’s establishment wing. Jeb Bush’s unsuccessful White House bid sputtered after he clashed with Trump and the Bush name appears to have been deeply damaged.
Although George P. Bush has made strides to differentiate his politics from those of his father and his uncle, former President George W. Bush, it has not been enough to warrant Trump’s support.
The latest salvo could be further evidence of Trump’s plan to remake the Republican Party by purging its establishment wing.
In the span of four years, Trump effectively dismantled the partisan clout of the Bushes, Cheneys, and other GOP dynasties even as he broke virtually all of the unwritten rules behind Republican Party politics.
While George P. Bush might have expected his kind words toward Trump to be enough for a public endorsement, many of the former president’s supporters are sure to be pleased with his latest move.