Trump Besmirches Barbara Bush, A Deceased Former First Lady

Former First Lady Barbara BushNational Archives / Public Domain

"I have heard that she was nasty to me, but she should be. Look what I did to her sons.” - Donald Trump

According to CBS, President Trump finds it unsurprising that late first lady Barbara Bush did not regard him favorably. "I have heard that she was nasty to me, but she should be. Look what I did to her sons," he told The Washington Times in an interview.

A new biography of Barbara Bush called “The Matriarch,” written by USA Today’s Susan Page, contains many attacks on Trump through both Bush’s journals and her interviews with Page.

In the 2016 primaries, Trump defeated Bush’s son, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Trump often mocked him for being “low-energy.” Bush’s other son, President George W. Bush, was frequently criticized by Trump for how he handled 9/11 and the Iraq War.

"Look, she's the mother of somebody that I competed against. Most people thought he [Jeb Bush] was going to win and he was quickly out," Trump said.

"I hit him very hard in South Carolina," he said. "Remember? He was supposed to win South Carolina and I won it in a landslide. I hit him so hard.

"That's when his brother came to make the first speech for him," Mr. Trump recalled. "And I said, 'What took you so long?'"

Trump finished, “She was nasty to me, but she should be.”

Yet, Bush’s dislike for Trump came before he made any remarks about either of his sons. In 1990 Trump commented on then President George H.W. Bush’s speeches in Japan. Barbara Bush wrote in her journal: "Trump now means greed, selfishness and ugly. So sad."

Bush told Page should would probably not consider herself a member of the GOP in the era of Trump.

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