Author Susan Page detailed in her new book, titled The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty, that Bush believed Trump was the “real symbol of greed in the 80s” and was to blame for her hospitalization. Bush had a bedroom clock that counted down the seconds until the end of Trump’s presidency, Page wrote.
Trump told The Washington Times in an interview published Thursday that he had “heard” Bush “was nasty to me.”
“She should be,” he added, because “look what I did to her sons.”
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“Look, she’s the mother of somebody that I competed against. Most people thought he [Jeb Bush] was going to win and he was quickly out,” Trump explained.
Trump’s response drew ire on Twitter, where critics likened his comments to his attacks on late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).
I’m a Trump supporter, but leave the lady alone. She’s passed away, leave her in peace.
— Scott Starkweather (@starsky77usa) April 5, 2019
He can never ever ever take the high ground. Ever.
— Duck (@DuckJones1) April 5, 2019
Fighting with dead people, part II.
— Ferik (@On_Politike) April 5, 2019
He is such a gross person, in every way.
— Megan Sutherland (@megansuthe) April 5, 2019
I can’t wait for the next episode where he stomps on Reagan’s grave
— Kelz (@kelz_dc) April 5, 2019
He’s a modern Shakespearean damaged king, sitting in the royal loo tweeting about ghosts… The visitations may have already begun…
— BB Church (@rhyzome) April 5, 2019
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.