Barbara Bush Blamed Trump For Heart Problems, Carried 'Countdown' Clock To 2020

Lynne Versluys 27 Mar 2019

A new book about Barbara Bush offers insight into how the former First Lady viewed the Trump administration.

Dividing Republicans

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President Trump's administration has been the most divisive of recent memory (possibly ever), deepening the divide between the right and the left. However, it is also causing friction within the Republican party itself.

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A New Book

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The depth of that division is made apparent in The Matriarch, an upcoming book about former First Lady Barbara Bush. Written by USA Today's D.C. bureau chief Susan Page, the book includes Bush's frustration with the Republican party at the time of her death in 2018.

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Blamed Trump For Her Heart Attack

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An excerpt released ahead of the book's publication​ date begins with the bold statement "Barbara Bush blamed Donald Trump for her heart attack."

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Discouragement In The Republican Party

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While she still believed in the integrity of the American people, Bush expressed disappointment over the 2016 election.

"I'm trying not to think about it. We're a strong country, and I think it will all work out."

When asked if she would still consider herself a Republican, Bush answered "I'd probably say no today."

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Affecting Their Voting Record

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Bush made it clear that she couldn't understand why anyone would support Trump, particularly women.

Her dislike of him as a candidate even went as far as affecting her voting record.

"George Bush ended up voting for Hillary Clinton, the first time in his life that he had cast a ballot for a Democrat for president. Barbara wrote in Jeb’s name on the last day of early voting. 'I could not vote for Trump or Clinton,' she wrote in her diary."

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The Count Down Clock

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The book also included a humorous story about Bush's love of a very particular clock.

"After Trump was elected, a friend in Kennebunkport gave her a Trump countdown clock as a joke. The red, white, and blue digital clock displayed how many days, hours, minutes and seconds remained in Trump’s term.

"She liked it so much that when the Bushes returned to Houston that October, she brought it with her. It sat on her bedside table, where she could see it every day. It was there to the day she died."

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