President Donald Trump’s former campaign adviser Roger Stone has not taken kindly to former first lady Barbara Bush’s post-mortem attacks on the president.
“Barbara Bush / too ‘sick’ to attend Nancy Reagan’s funeral but not too sick to campaign for her smug, entitled low energy son Jeb in New Hampshire the next day,” he wrote in an Instagram post Friday.
“She once berated me in a drunken tirade after the campaign I managed for Ronald Reagan beat her husband in the New York and New Jersey Republican primaries and took half the delegates in Connecticut,” he added, referring to the 1980 Republican presidential election primaries.
He added that Bush had a “countdown clock” for Trump’s presidency. This is true.
According to a biography of the former first lady published this week, “The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty,” the former first lady’s hatred for the president ran so deep that she kept a countdown clock to the end of his presidency near her bed.
“Well she’s dead and he’s president- who won that one?” Stone added. “Nasty, rude, vindictive, entitled, self-important – that’s the woman I had several unpleasant encounters with.#stonecoldtruth #maga”
Not to mention #savage …
Barbara Bush / too “sick” to attend Nancy Reagan’s funeral but not too sick to campaign for her smug, entitled low energy son Jeb in New Hampshire the next day. She once berated me in a drunken tirade after the campaign I managed for Ronald Reagan beat her husband in the New York and New Jersey Republican primaries and took half the delegates in Connecticut. She had a “countdown clock” for @realdonaldtrump presidency ? Well she’s dead and he’s president- who won that one? Nasty, rude, vindictive, entitled , self-important – that’s the woman I had several unpleasant encounters with.#stonecoldtruth #maga
The president has been almost as equally ferocious in his own counterpunches.
“I have heard that she was nasty to me, but she should be. Look what I did to her sons,” he told The Washington Times, referencing the way he had trounced then-presidential candidate Jeb Bush in the 2016 election, and despite attempts by his brother, former President George W. Bush, to save him.
“Look, she’s the mother of somebody that I competed against,” Trump continued. “Most people thought he [Jeb Bush] was going to win and he was quickly out. I hit him very hard in South Carolina. Remember? He was supposed to win South Carolina and I won it in a landslide. I hit him so hard. That’s when his brother came to make the first speech for him. And I said, ‘What took you so long?'”
While some argue that his counterpunches are themselves nasty and rude because Bush is dead, others believe he has the right to fight back given all that the former first lady had said about him. According to the biography, for instance, she’d blamed the heart attack she suffered in 2016 on him.
“It wasn’t technically a heart attack, though she called it that. It was a crisis in her long battle with congestive heart failure and chronic pulmonary disease that hit her like a sledgehammer one day in June 2016. An ambulance was called to take her to the hospital,” biographer Susan Page wrote.
“The two former presidents who had been at home with her that day, her husband and her oldest son, trailed in a car driven by the Secret Service. The tumultuous presidential campaign in general and Trump’s ridicule of son Jeb Bush, in particular, had riled her. ‘Angst,’ she told me.”
Her distaste for Trump reportedly began as early as 1990, when she referred to him as the “the real symbol of greed in the 80s.” Two years later she dissed both Trump and his then-wife, Ivana, writing that their last name “now means greed, selfishness and ugly. So sad.”
Yet despite her public distaste for the president — a man whom she said in 2016 she was “sick of,” as seen in the video below — Trump showed her respect by respecting her wishes that he not attend her funeral. Instead, he sent his wife, first lady Melania Trump, as his veritable emissary.
“It was my honor to travel to Houston to give my respects to Barbara Bush and the remarkable life she led as a mother, wife, and fearless First Lady,” Melania said following the funeral last year. “My sincerest thoughts and prayers continue to be with George H.W., and the entire Bush family.”
The president issued a similarly kind and cordial statement.
“I want to begin today by expressing my deep condolences to the entire Bush family on the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush, a wonderful, wonderful person,” he said at a presser at an April 18, 2018, presser alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe.
“For decades, Barbara was a titan in American life. Her presence and character were engraved into America’s identity. Her strength and toughness really embodied the spirit of our country. And her warmth and devotion earned the admiration of an entire nation and, indeed, the entire world. She was a tireless champion for literacy. She was a fierce advocate for the American family. And she was a woman of proud patriotism and profound faith.”
Listen to the whole statement below:
Not once in Bush’s life did she ever say anything even remotely as kind about the president. This may perhaps explain Stone’s stunning animosity toward her?
Immediately after her death on April of 2018, he called her a “vindictive drunk.”
“She was a mean-spirited, vindictive drunk. She is ascending into hell right now. She’s not going to heaven. She was a bad person,” he said in an interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
“Barbara Bush drank so much booze, if they cremated her … her body would burn for three days,” he reportedly added in a since-deleted Instagram post.
Unlike Bush, the president has always abstained from alcohol.
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