A Facebook post may have just exposed George H.W. Bush as a Hillary Clinton supporter, potentially making him the first American president in history to cast his vote for the wife of the guy who ended his own presidency.
While Bush himself has carefully refused to endorse either candidate, his pointed neutrality was blown on Monday night by a Facebook post from former Maryland lieutenant governor Kathleen Hartington Kennedy Townsend. She posted a picture showing the two shaking hands above the caption: “The President told me he’s voting for Hillary!!”
Bush, 92, has not confirmed or denied his support of Clinton, but his spokesperson did reach out to Politico in an email saying: “The vote President Bush will cast as a private citizen in some 50 days will be just that: a private vote cast in some 50 days. He is not commenting on the presidential race in the interim.”
Townsend was more forthcoming, saying she met the president in Maine earlier in the day and he told her he was voting for Clinton in November.
Bush’s decision should make dinnertime in Kennebunkport less tense. Barbara Bush has been much more outspoken than her husband about Trump, telling CNN in February that she’s “sick of him,” is “not crazy about what he says about women,” and doesn’t “understand why people are for him.”