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Barbara Bush: Angst Over Trump Gave Me a Heart Attack

When Barbara Bush died in April of 2018, America lost one of its true conservative icons. Before her passing, Bush had spoken with author, Susan Page, for a book based on her experiences.

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In the interviews, the former first lady spent a lot of time talking about son Jeb’s 2016 republican nomination bid. According to Barbara Bush, Jeb’s feud with eventual nominee, Donald Trump, caused her so much angst that she had a heart attack.

While Bush did not have an actual heart attack, the stress of the situation irritated her chronic pulmonary disease. After that, she stopped watching news programs featuring Trump. Jeb Bush says, “There’s just a lot of angst’ among those distressed by President Trump’s leadership. So I think one of the solutions is don’t watch it; don’t obsess.”

This was not the only time Bush discussed her feelings of Trump with Page. When contrasting Trump with son, Jeb, she said, “Putin endorsed him, for heaven’s sake. Putin the killer! Putin the worst! He endorsed Trump! That’s an endorsement you don’t want.”

When Bush died, Trump did not attend her funeral. While it is not customary for the president to attend the funeral of a first lady, rumors abounded that he was asked not to come.

Most notable in the interviews were Barbara Bush’s opinion on what the Republican party had become under Trump. When asked in February of 2018 if she still considered herself a Republican, she replied, “I’d probably say no today.”



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