Both Bushes Roast “Blowhard” Trump In New Book

CNN reports:

Former President George H.W. Bush has a blunt assessment of Donald Trump: “He’s a blowhard.” And his son, former President George W. Bush, has harsh words for his Republican successor as well: “This guy doesn’t know what it means to be president.”

Those stinging comments mark the first time the former presidents are speaking out about Trump in such stark terms, as part of a new book about the father and son by historian Mark Updegrove, titled “The Last Republicans.”

Both men went on the record to give Updegrove their candid assessment of Trump, as well as rare insight into their thoughts on the 2016 presidential race as the drama unfolded.

The most critical comments about Trump came from the elder Bush, now 93, who told Updegrove in May 2016, “I don’t like him. I don’t know much about him, but I know he’s a blowhard. And I’m not too excited about him being a leader.”

More from the New York Times:

Neither of the two Republican former presidents voted for Mr. Trump — the father voted for Hillary Clinton and the son voted for “none of the above,” as he told Mr. Updegrove.

Indeed, at one point during the 2016 presidential campaign, the younger Mr. Bush confided to the author, “I’m worried that I will be the last Republican president.” That inspired the title of the book — which will be published Nov. 14 by HarperCollins — as a quote that seemed to carry a double meaning.

When Mr. Trump first entered the race, Mr. Bush thought he would not last and was surprised by the real estate developer’s success at capturing the nomination. Still, he was not impressed.

When Mr. Trump declared that “I’m my own adviser,” Mr. Bush thought he did not understand the presidency. He also lamented Mr. Trump’s lack of humility. “As you know from looking at my family, it is a certain heritage, that’s what they expect, and we’re not seeing that” in Mr. Trump.

  • Dramphooey

    Love the title. If only!

    • kcken

      I would normally shy away from the smell of a grease fire and burning pig shit. I would watch this. 10/10

  • IAMBOWLINGQUEEN
    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I would gladly help him get in the police car to jail.

      • Chris H.

        And don’t forget to be a little rough with him. Trumpy said that’s OK.

      • -M-

        Per his own instructions, don’t be too gentle.

    • LesbianTippingHabits

      No.

    • yes b’y
      • greenmanTN

        One of the sources of my fear of spiders. Incredible Shrinking Man is another.

        • PickyPecker

          Remember ‘Land of the Giants?’ That coud be really scary too.

          • greenmanTN

            Not to mention writing spiders, which my brother and sister told me would write my name in its web then I would die.

            https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4011/4248737993_58904ddc84_b.jpg

          • TuuxKabin

            Well, that was just mean. Where’d you bury ’em?

          • greenmanTN

            I didn’t kill them for god’s sake!

            That would have been letting them off easy.

          • TuuxKabin

            Far better person than me.

          • Strepsi

            but in the end, the spider just wrote your sexual future:
            “SOME PIG”

            😉

          • Bj Lincoln

            Cool! I have never heard of or seen a web like that.

          • Acronym Jim

            Here is the inspiration for having Gary Conway star in the series.

            https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5090/5345833643_b4edf85e74_b.jpg

        • FAEN

          Spiders-HATE THEM!

          • RoFaWh

            Spiders: very amusing.

            When I was in grad school, I scored (i.e. swiped) a large glass bell jar of the kind they used to keep microscopes under. Kept it in my apartment with a few spiders inside.

            My fave spider: the jumping spider with black fur and a big red mark on its back.

        • Grumpy Old Man

          I grew up sleeping in basements; I made my piece with spiders over 60 years ago.

          • greenmanTN

            They don’t bother me much anymore. The only time I kinda freak is when I walk through a web and don’t know where the spider is. OMG, Is it on me?!?!

            Webs are gorgeous and spiders take care of a lot of annoying insects.

      • Bj Lincoln

        This scared me so much my brothers used it to tease me. They would hide and screech that until I was in tears.

        • yes b’y

          brothers can be such rat bastards.

      • Bj Lincoln

        Ha Ha Ha! Thanks for the laugh.

    • Gerry Fisher

      That meme makes me smile. 🙂

    • RoFaWh

      Somebody needs to photoshop a few tears into that photo.

  • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

    As noted in the article, Bush Sr. is of a class and generation where “blowhard” in the modern vernacular equates to “gaping fucking asshole.”

    • Gerry Fisher

      I hadn’t considered a cross-generational translation. OK…OK! 🙂

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Donnie Blowhard the Dotard.

  • DreadPikathulhu

    You helped build this, Bushes. Lee Atwater with Bush Sr. and Karl Rove with Jr. Dragging politics into the gutter and relying on the evangelical, talk radio, and Fox News demographics for votes.

    • Dramphooey

      Yup. I’m not expecting any mea culpa on either’s part in this book.

    • Gustav2

      See the gutter Bush friends dragged Sen McCain into in SC 2000 with pamphlets of the adopted daughter.

    • Boreal

      Yup, it’s like Mussolini writing a book condemning Hitler for fascism.

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    • Cackalaquiano

      “If you’re not with us, you’re against us” was quite the unifying message our country needed post 9-11.

    • Jeffg166

      Their monster got away from them.

      • Gerry Fisher

        This. Oh so *totally* this.

    • Ninja0980

      Yup.
      They deserve no praise at all.

    • TrueWords

      By creating governmental blind spots the Republicans have created BLIGHT for disenfranchised white middle class and white lower class over the last 30 years here in America and they saw hope and redemption thru Donald Trump…

      • RoFaWh

        Thirty years is the standard estimate of “one generation” by genealogists.

        The GOP has been working hard for that long to undermine the foundations of the American democracy. And it appears that they have succeeded, beyond their wildest dreams.

        • TrueWords

          Look at the Opioid Crisis…they have succeeded and then some

          • LesbianTippingHabits


            Exactly.

            This was not a mistake. These were, and are, competent professionals who know exactly what they are doing.

            To repeat: This is not a mistake.

            All involved and responsible are getting raises and bonuses, rather than being prosecuted for federal crimes.

            To repeat: This is not a mistake.

            And, of course, everyone in the power structure knew it.

            [Same thing with sexual harassment in Hollywood, politics, and media.]

            It was not a mistake.

          • TrueWords

            YES…FUCK YES…they made their money BILLIONS while creating a new HIV crisis and drug crisis

    • TrueWords
      • Willys41

        It would be an apt photo if both house and truck were on fire, if the air were black with pollution, if the family who lived in the house had been evicted after going bankrupt from ruinous medical bills, if the land around the house were three feet under water from climate change sea level rise, and the guy driving the truck had fallen asleep at the wheel after working three jobs 20 hours a day because all safety regulations governing trucking had been repealed.

  • kcken

    Countdown until Fox News (and the right wing websites) call the Bush family “demoncrats” … 3…2…1

    • Gustav2

      They won’t even be called “RINOs”

  • boobert

    Have we ever had all this public bickering with past and present presidents? The only thing I can remember is nancy reagan bitching about chipped dinnerware.

  • Michael R

    ” We like what he’s done for our image “

    • Joe in PA

      I presume that was snark…but honestly would not put that comment beyond W.

  • Galvestonian

    Indeed, “W” was absolutely FANTASTIC compared to Trumpizzi, in spite of the fact that I was constantly bemoaning his time in office.

    • LesbianTippingHabits


      Be careful what you complain about; people might listen.

  • FAEN

    G W voted third party and then bitches about Trump?

    • LesbianTippingHabits


      Colin Kaepernick suppressed his own vote – no Republicans needed.

      • juanjo54

        I just love a good logical fallacy. Troll fake lesbian – write a 1000 word essay on logical fallacies, identifying the specific one you used here, why it is an invalid form of arguments and apologizing for doing so while swearing to never do it again.

        • LesbianTippingHabits


          Until Not Voting is politically incorrect, progressives will lose – bigly!

          • juanjo54

            Nice dodge. Do you have anything but logical fallacies?

          • LesbianTippingHabits


            Enjoy! Say what you want about Trump voters, at least they voted.

          • juanjo54

            You might recall that Clinton won the popular vote by a few million. Now keep up the dodge, troll.

          • LesbianTippingHabits


            And one of Hillary Clinton’s votes was mine. I voted.

            The Constitution that gave us same-sex marriage included the Electoral College. I don’t like that the winner of the popular vote lost, but the same thing happened to Al Gore (D) in 2000. Had Gore won his home state of Tennessee, he would not have needed Florida.

            Say what you want re Walter Mondale (D), at least he won his home state.

          • juanjo54

            Just more logical fallacies. Keep dodging. As I said previously, write a 1000 word essay on logical fallacies, identifying the specific one you used here, why it is an invalid form of arguments and apologizing for doing so while swearing to never do it again.

    • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

      he was never the sharpest tool in the shed.

    • Gerry Fisher

      He always was a wimp.

      • FAEN

        Yep! And one of the worst decisions he ever made or was made for him was letting Cheney be the VP candidate.

        We’ll never know of course but maybe his presidency wouldn’t have been as much of a disaster.

        • LesbianTippingHabits


          Greatest strategic blunder in the history of our great nation:

          Invading Iraq 2003.

  • Boreal
  • Boreal
    • shellback

      We’re gonna need a bigger card.

      • Acronym Jim

        I went to Disney World for the first time in 2007. I was disappointed that my visit to the Hall of Presidents would be during the Dubya admin. Now I don’t feel so bad about it.

        • Bj Lincoln

          The first time I saw the White House was when Shrub 2 was in office. I cried out of pain, sadness and anger. The second time I was in the WH gardens on a tour while Obama was President. I cried again in thanks and gratitude for all he has done for us and country. I refuse to walk past it now because I would start throwing insults and rocks. No tears. I just don’t need the trouble for that f**cking moron.

          • Acronym Jim

            You can see the White House during many administrations at one of my favorite websites – http://www.whitehousemuseum.org. I haven’t visited it recently so I don’t know if they are eschewing photos from the current shitshow.

          • bzrd

            I just visited the site, thanks A J, it is very interesting and informative. Go now before photos of the shitshow are posted, it’s safe today.

          • Steve Teeter

            I think they tend to avoid photos from the current administration. Too close in time to have any perspective. During the Obama years they posted a few pix of the family playing with the dog, and that’s about all.

      • Paula

        This is a first. Vlad is the first president that is able to tele-commute to work.

    • bzrd

      my bingo card has one color for fired (pink), another for indicted (red) and a last one for convictions (orange)

  • Boreal
  • Boreal
    • Joe in PA

      Yes, but I really, really don’t want it to end the same way…I want the carny-handed mango man in JAIL.

      • bkmn

        As well as everyone in his inner circle, including his kids. I want them all convicted on felony charges so they can’t run for office in the future.

      • RoFaWh

        I hope to see him struggling in the grip of law enforcement officers as he is “escorted” out of the White House.

        Maybe the Russians can give us some tips on show trials and good methods for ensuring that the accused confess their crimes without hesitation.

        Somewhere I read about the show trials in the 1930s when Stalin got rid of all the Old Bolsheviks. One of the accused refused to confess and was taken away. Next day he confessed fully. No one knows just what “they” did to him to elicit cooperation, but it might work on Trump too.

        • bzrd

          I like the fantasy of hand cuffs and the perp walk but unfortunately for us, he has to be impeached and found guilty first before he faces criminal court

        • trouble94114

          I’m all for just tasering the piss out of him just like on Cops.

      • thatotherjean

        If he pardons himself from Federal crimes before he leaves office, the NY AG can still nail him. I’m sure he’s done plenty of illegal stuff in New York.

        • Joe in PA

          Thank you for the pleasant thought! 🙂

        • bzrd

          money laundering
          bigly

  • MBear

    Crap calling shit stnky

  • Mike

    The Republican party is like a chart showing the devolution of homo sapiens. They started walking upright, and today they’re on all fours, feral and and dangerous, but the slumping over and reaching toward the ground with their knuckles began with the Bushes. They are not ones to talk.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      Yeah, I’m tired of them ignoring that their party made special use of dog whistles and screwed everyone over with their worship of oligarchs & corporations.

  • shellback

    If there is a photo, any photo of orange shitler where he doesn’t look like a moron, or madman, I’ve yet to see it.

    • worstcultever

      I always appreciate Joe’s posting the WORST Dumpy photos. This one really shows his morphing into Ralph Wiggum.

      • shellback

        I personally think the hideous grinning photos are the worst. Something like “The Man Who Laughs,” but without the charm. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e7f1e4fd473c1de48a65b6ae648c54d0782c7061b2f3bd698452726adb0efa1b.jpg

        • worstcultever

          For my money this is THE photo that captures Dumpfuck McEvil like no other
          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d9751a59a55fd45475dd0b9f2f821375284fc62576839114f24e6955919b8af1.jpg

          • Oh my stars! That’s spooky and evil!!!!

          • worstcultever

            srsly, no? it’s his essence right there

            esp his eyes grow more reptilian all the time (apologies to honest decent reptiles)

          • The longer he fraudulently sits in the Oval Office, the more mean spirited, more bombastic he becomes.

          • RoFaWh

            Bearded dragons are a popular pet. They’re reptiles, but of an infinitely higher order than Trump.

          • shellback

            Wholly shit, that’s the worst yet.

          • RoFaWh

            “I am the Maximum Leader and I’m going to get you.”

          • JCF

            Hiding behind alleged “patriotism” (Heel-Spur more patriotic than POW, more patriotic than Gold Star families!)

        • His smile doesn’t ring true. The only emotion he shows that seems true is anger.

        • yes b’y

          without the charm, lol

        • RoFaWh

          Every time I see a photo of Trump smirking or attempting to smile invitingly, I have the feeling that his facial expressions are those of a not-very-good actor from the days of silent movies. And that they are learned and acted out, not spontaneous. Roy Cohn is a good guess at who taught Trump how to fake them.

      • Bluto
        • worstcultever

          Except Ralph looks smarter and has lots more hairstyle savvy

    • Harveyrabbit

      Nope, looked around and closest I could find to not madman or not moron was cockroach. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/17e98f0a9dcc93421a79740ed007192f3c8ccba7594593f1f71f6b9868db6488.jpg

      • shellback

        Until now, I hadn’t seen that photo. Good find.

      • worstcultever

        GREGOR SAMSA LIBEL!

        • Harveyrabbit

          I feel like I’ve been trapped in a virtual Kafkaesque novel for many months now.

          • BudClark

            Astute!

      • Boreal

        RumpRoaches.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • RoFaWh

      Trump called it “saddest” that he doesn’t control the FBI.

      Knowing as we do that Trump always lies, we conclude that this fact is occasion for rejoicing and dancing in the streets. Which is probably obvious, but it’s interesting that the logical rule regarding Trump’s utterances (always lies) gets us to the same conclusion as common sense.

  • Jay Silversmith

    Two criminals complaining about a third criminal. ROFLMAO

  • greenmanTN

    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51RfzTQHrvL.jpg
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/045eef1f8c7389b4fd7f8f542dc47e3869eadd65e6cbafe3489dfb0faf4201d4.jpg

    Little Donnie Dotard
    Has the brains of a goatherd
    And the ass of a hypothyroidal bison

    On Twitter he thunders
    As our nation unsunders
    And his staff continually lies on

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • Joe in PA

      Hmmm, bovines are svelte compared to Clovis…do hippos have cloven hooves?

    • worstcultever

      Clovis and Kislyak should join their neck continents in holy matrimony.

  • worstcultever

    Hey HW – stop groping the help, you doddering perv. Oh, and thanks for Clarence Thomas.

    Hey Dubya – go live in your glorious liberated Baghdad why don’t ya. Oh, and thanks for Alito and Roberts.

    • bzrd

      also, thanks for the never ending “wars” in Afghanistan and Iraq making billionaires into kazillionaires, and creating millions more who hate the USA

  • -M-

    “Blowhard” doesn’t begin to express the degree of incompetence and malignancy. Does it have any follow-up since the thieving fascist twit took office?

    And of course, Dubya didn’t have sense enough to vote for Hillary. 🤦🏻‍♂️

    • worstcultever

      Seriously – “blowhard” is the best they could come up with? Positively Churchillian.

      Not to mention Dump will be ridiculing them and wearing it as a badge of honor in a few hours, and Cult 45 will parrot it with glee, à la “deplorables.”

    • RoFaWh

      One important reason Trump won the election: he’d managed to keep knowledge of his nasty ways out of public cognizance.

      • thatotherjean

        Not really. It’s just that the parts he bragged about were things that resonated with his deplorable base.

    • LesbianTippingHabits


      And Colin Kaepernick did not vote at all. His choice to suppress his vote.

  • Bluto
  • PickyPecker
    • CB

      Oh heck. I was at the PR agency that launched the Yugo. What a flashback!

      • Strepsi

        I take it that it was a “How to polish a turd” contract?

    • JCF

      Analogy contrast not extreme enough.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    By the end of all this, how radioactive will the Trumps be in high society?

    • PickyPecker

      They’ve been shunned from ‘high society’ since the beginning. Just one more thing that festers under that thin orange rhind.

      • RoFaWh

        I’ve read that both Trump’s parents and the man himself always wanted to enter New York high society, but have always been rebuffed, the reasons including stupidity, ignorance, crassness, tastelessness, dishonesty, orange skin dye, fake hair, general ugliness, crassness, and crudeness. [This is just some of the reasons.]

        And that remains one of Trumps unstated goals.

        Miss Manners says that there is only one social invitation that allows the recipient to cancel another engagement, an action otherwise verboten: an invitation to dinner at the White House. Does Trump ever invite people to dinner at the WH? My guess is “not very often”.

    • worstcultever

      Gonna be plutonium in all strata of society everywhere

    • BudClark

      Weren’t they already?

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        They cleared out old Palm Beach years ago.

      • M Jackson

        Yes, completely.

      • OdieDenCO

        yes, but now with 20% more treason

      • LesbianTippingHabits


        That’s one reason why Donald Trump never pays his bills.

  • PickyPecker

    “Remember this date November 6, 2018. That’s the date on which 33 senate seats, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, and 14 governorship’s will be up for re-election.

    Put it on your calendar now and be prepared to be an informed voter.

    If you are worried, concerned, angry, disappointed about the direction the government is going this is the most effective way to make a change, stop complaining and start planning.

    Remember the president is only one cog in the government machine, and you can make effective change through voting for your local and state representatives, this is the check that can balance this situation. Pass it on….”

    • Karl Dubhe

      Ten thousand upvotes. (though I may be accused of ballot box stuffing for saying that.)

      • LesbianTippingHabits


        Make sure Colin Kaepernick gets the message.

        In 2016, he suppressed his own vote.

        No Republicans needed. Thank you.

    • worstcultever

      Love it. This fucknozzle is gonna rue the day.

  • Gerry Fisher

    Ya know, you two guys were not-terribly-evil men who didn’t mind playing around with evil, using it to manipulate the populace to help you get elected. As small examples, the Willie Horton TV ad and the racist trashing of John McCain’s family during the 2000 primaries. And now you’re surprised that your Republican standard bearer is evil?! (And the best push back you can come up with is “blowhard”?!)

    In order for a nation to begin healing instead of sticking a band aid on an infected wound, you guys need to come clean about what your party has been up to for 45+ years, especially from Gingrich to the present.

  • Natty Enquirer

    If Bush I and Bush II are the last Republicans, it is their own damn fault.

  • Ninja0980

    Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and John Roberts and countless other far right judges these two put on the courts helped pave the way for Trump with the gutting of the VRA, Citizen’s United etc.
    These two can both go fuck themselves as far as I’m concerned.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Well, you may end up being glad you bought that Argentina ranch after all.

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    Sounds like the making of a franchise:
    BlowHard
    BlowHard 2
    BlowHard with a Vengeance
    Live Free or BlowHard
    A Good Day to BlowHard

    • RoFaWh

      Square Bob Blowhard Pants

    • yes b’y

      and the Canadian sequel to Men with Brooms, Blow Harder, Harder, Harder. Ok curling jokes are not funny

      • CB

        I love a good curling joke.

        • yes b’y

          thanks, you have made my day

  • andrew

    Even the Bushes occasionally speak the truth.

  • Treant

    I really hate that the incompetent Baby Bush can use this to revamp his image and recolor his own major issues.

    The elder Bush was, at least, semi-competent–even if he was still evil.

  • Thorn Spike

    Really? None of the above? Dubya: still and always a shitty asshole.

  • OdieDenCO

    hrump! book sales inspire denouncement as unfit, but speaking out before the elections for the good of the country engendered silence? fail

  • This will have zero impact on Trump’s base. Actually as they hate the GOP establishment more than they hate Hillary, it might even make his numbers go up. The Bushes actually thought that not going to the Convention last year would send a powerful message. No one cared. The Republican establishment thought they could pander to racists and other loons for votes forever without paying any price. Now the loons are in charge and they still haven’t woken up. This is too little and far too late.

  • thatotherjean

    You’re a day late and a dollar short, gentlemen. You might have spoken out when it might have done some good, but you didn’t. Sorry, no credit for either of you.

    • JAKvirginia

      Silence = consent. One of the oldest tenets of law.

    • LesbianTippingHabits


      Say what you want about the “Never Trump” Republicans, at least they said something when it was relevant.

      Of course, Republican primary voters did not listen. At least they voted.

  • rednekokie

    tRump may be a blowhard, but he’s their blowhard. They are the ones who tilled the soil and fertilized it with the crap that he has grown out of.
    That having been said, I’m glad that they are finally beginning to see the fruits of their own labor, and apparently, expressing some remorse for it.

  • Michael Hampton

    I’m sorry. As much as everyone wants to say how great Bush Jr. is now that he isn’t in charge, I will remind you that he used our ability to marry as a cudgel to destroy families and raise animus towards our community.

    • LesbianTippingHabits


      Not to mention the single greatest strategic blunder in our history – Iraq.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
    • JAKvirginia

      French?!!!! Are you crazy? 😉

  • Ben in Oakland

    Roasted trump?
    The fat dripping off that mess is not something I want to think about.

    • D.M.S.

      I get the same thought when thinking of roasted Hilary!

      • LesbianTippingHabits

        And Hillary, like Trump, is a known parsimonious (cheap) tipper.

        • D.M.S.

          Probably…

  • JWC

    If Dubya see him as an idiot that say a lot

  • TampaZeke

    FAKE NEWZ! FAKE NEWZ! CNN liberal propaganda! The Bushes were always really Democrats planted by Hillary to make Trump look bad!

  • MassageBear
  • leastyebejudged

    As much as I loath the Bushes, the DNC doesn’t get such an easy pass.

    We have Trump BECAUSE of the DNC.

  • Sálmur

    Too many bad daddies running this world. It’s time to start saying NO to daddy.

    Let mother in again.

  • TexasBoy

    Psssst. Donnie, when two former presidents from your own party speak it would behoove you to listen. They were both more popular in the polls than you are.