USA Today: Barbara Bush no longer considered herself a Republican after Trump became President, book says

Updated 2:53 PM EDT, Wed March 27, 2019
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(CNN) —  

Former first lady Barbara Bush didn’t consider herself a Republican after Donald Trump took office, according to a forthcoming book obtained by USA Today about the matriarch of a GOP political dynasty.

“After Trump’s rise, she saw it as a party she could not continue to support, a party she no longer recognized – even as one of her grandsons, George P. Bush, was on the ballot as a Republican running for re-election as Texas land commissioner,” author Susan Page wrote in an excerpt adapted from her new book, “The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty.” The excerpt was published Wednesday in USA Today.

Bush had answered “yes” when asked in October 2017 whether she was a Republican, according to Page, who interviewed the former first lady in the final months of her life before she died last April.

When asked the same question by Page four months later, when Trump was in office, Bush replied: “I’d probably say no today.”