President Donald Trump reinvigorated the Republican Party — but two former presidents cannot come to terms with the fact that their philosophies have been rejected by a GOP led by Trump.
“The voters are simply not that into [the Bushes] anymore,” Ingraham said on her Fox News show on Monday night.
“Until Donald Trump came along, the Republican Party hadn’t won a national election since 2004. After that, it was pretty much all downhill,” said Ingraham Monday night during her final comments on “The Ingraham Angle.”
Ingraham said the two terms of President George W. Bush soured the voters on the Republicans. Even grass-roots conservatives began to stir against the GOP while the younger Bush was president, in the middle part of the previous decade.
“The nation had become disillusioned by the enormous physical and financial toll of our interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Ingraham. “Grass-roots voters rose up against George W. Bush’s immigration amnesty and Harriet Myers, his pal [and nominee] to the Supreme Court.”
Myers was so unpopular with the GOP in 2005, Bush replaced her in the Supreme Court selection process with John Roberts. Roberts eventually became the chief justice of the United States.
But now the Bushes — President George W. Bush and former President George H.W. Bush — are attacking Trump for being a “blowhard.” The insult was made by the elder Bush, also known as 41 (as in the 41st president), in a new book by Mark Updegrove, “The Last Republicans.”
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In another part of the book, the younger Bush, also known as 43, told Updegrove, “This guy doesn’t know what it means to be president.”
On Monday, Ingraham returned fire.
“Now [the Bushes] are lashing out at Donald Trump,” she said. “Neither Bush, we find out, voted for Donald Trump … Bush 41 and Bush 43, where were you when we needed you during Obama’s two terms? We needed you then to speak out against outrages that were being perpetrated on the American public. After Obamacare, Benghazi? How about when the IRS was targeting conservatives? Where were you when we needed you? Silent, crickets, totally silent.”
Ingraham said the younger Bush is worried the GOP elected its last president.
“The voters canceled that political show. No amount of grousing by the bitter Bushes is going to change that. The voters are simply not that into them anymore.”
“George W. Bush is worried that Trump’s tenure may mean we have seen the last Republican president. Funny, that’s what all of us thought in 2008 when W. was doing the big bailouts, had a 26-percent approval rating and had us bogged down in two wars,” she said. “Until the Tea Party came around in 2009, conservatives fretted that the country was lost for a generation. The Bush family apparently can’t come to terms with the fact that the voters rejected their globalist worldview and have basically moved on.”
Ingraham said the Bush family’s chummy relations with former Democratic presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama have contributed to the Bush presidents’ alienation from the GOP. The Bushes also feel the sting of the party’s rejection of the moderate policies of both Bushes — which led to a tax increase in 1990 and massive debt by 2009.
“The country had had it with the Bush dynasty and what their policies have wrought on America,” she said. “It wasn’t personal. It was policies. The voters canceled that political show. No amount of grousing by the bitter Bushes is going to change that. The voters are simply not that into them anymore.”