Former president George W. Bush isn’t running from the label of “establishment” Republican – rather, he’s bragging about it.
“If serving as president of the United States of America makes me a part of the so-called establishment, I proudly carry that label,” he said, Breitbart reported. “I want to remind you what our good dad said one time: Labeling is for soup cans.”
Bush made the comments during a speech in South Carolina where his brother, Jeb, is campaigning for president. Polls over the past few months have consistently shown Washington, D.C., outsiders have taken the lead with voters. Trump has consistently led in polls, while former neurosurgeon Ben Carson has experienced widespread support as well. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who’s now dropped her bid, received considerable favorable feedback at points on the campaign trail, too.
Jeb Bush, meanwhile, the perceived political insider, hasn’t fared as well in the polls. But rather than trying to make a case for his brother as a non-political player, the former president went the opposite way.
“I understand Americans are angry and frustrated, but we do not need someone in the Oval Office who mirrors and inflames our frustration,” he said, without naming names, Breitbart reported.
Bush then went on to speak about certain candidates in a biblical light, suggesting hopefuls like Trump aren’t well-suited for the executive seat.
“How can you say, let me get that speck out of your eye when I’ve got a log in my own?” he asked, referencing a portion of the gospel of Matthew.
He also drew a comparison, saying his brother’s faith “reveals itself through good works, not loud words.”
Both Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz have used biblical references on the campaign trail to reel in the evangelical vote.