The Washington Post published a story on Thursday detailing the long complicated relationship between Donald Trump and the Bush family. According to some locals connected to state politics, Trump has been against Jeb Bush for a long time and has never missed the opportunity to voice his dislike.
“He was trashing Jeb and, quite honestly, I don’t think he’s ever held Jeb in high regard,” said Crisafulli, a Bush supporter who said he was “uncomfortable” with the conversation and defended the former Florida governor to Trump. “I’ve met with Mr. Trump on several occasions, and he’s constantly had things to say about Jeb. . . . He’s always had a negative connotation about Jeb.”
While Trump professes to having held patriarch George H. W. Bush in high regard prior to his reversal on his promise to not raise taxes, it was a feeling that may have only rarely been reciprocated.
At the core, there are clashes of style, manner and class between the Bushes — a patrician clan of presidents, governors and financiers who have pulled the levers of power for generations — and Trump, a hustling New York City deal-maker who turned his father’s outer-borough real estate portfolio into a gold-plated empire.
“The Bushes were never Trump’s cup of tea,” said Roger Stone, a longtime confidant and former adviser to Trump. Asked why the Bushes often have kept Trump at arm’s length, he said: “He’s not from old, WASP money. The Trumps didn’t come on the Mayflower.”
On the other hand Trump hosted a fundraiser in 1997 for Jeb Bush’s candidacy for governor of Florida at the request of his father, an event that by all accounts was quite successful.
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