As if it wasn’t awkward enough that Jeb Bush dragged his 90-year-old mother with him to a rally earlier this month, the Republican presidential candidate recently brought along his notorious brother to defend his campaign.
Former President George W. Bush returned to the campaign trail Monday in South Carolina where he urged voters to support his “big little brother” — and also took a not-so-veiled jab at the foul-mouthed Donald Trump.
The older Bush received a hero’s welcome in the state, where he remains an honored figure by many, and strove to steer the 2016 race away from the blame-game and toward “sound judgment.”
In a 20-minute speech Monday evening, big brother George drew a strong contrast between Jeb’s political strategy and the GOP party’s front-runner, Donald “Trumpeting” Trump.
"I understand these are tough times and people are angry and frustrated. But we do not need someone in the Oval Office who mirrors our anger and frustration. Strength is not bluster and theatrics. The strongest person isn't the loudest one in the room," the former U.S. president told voters.
“Labels are for soup cans. The presidency is a serious job that requires sound judgment and good ideas,” he added, stressing that his brother is the Republican candidate “who can win in November.”
His comments echoed Jeb Bush’s own words at Hanover, which failed to impress the audience, so much so that the Republican hopeful had to request them to “please clap.”
The former president’s return to politics has been met with scathing comments from Trump about the Iraq war, the economic recession during the last months of his administration and the 9/11 attacks that happened during Bush’s watch.
"If the ex-president is campaigning for his brother, I think he's probably open to great scrutiny, maybe things that haven't been thought of in the past," Trump quoted, Monday.
The shift in Bush’s strategy of relying on his last name more and more, even though he has previously commented he was “his own man” emphasizes how desperate he is getting as the November election battle looms large.