George P. Bush, son of former Florida governor Jeb Bush, has called on Republicans to support Donald Trump, the man who destroyed the political career of his father, as the party’s presidential nominee.
Addressing a gathering of Republican activists in Texas on Saturday, Bush said it was time for the party to unite behind Trump and support him in the battle against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, the Texas Tribune reported Sunday.
“From Team Bush, it's a bitter pill to swallow, but you know what? You get back up and you help the man that won, and you make sure that we stop Hillary Clinton,” Bush said.
Bush’s move signals a significant departure from his father, who has resolutely rejected to endorse Trump.
Jeb Bush, who was once viewed as the favorite to win the GOP nomination, was forced to suspend his bid for the White House after losing a bitter fight to Trump.
The billionaire businessman repeatedly attacked Bush during the primary race, calling him “weak,” “low-energy” and “an embarrassment” to the Bush family.
The entire Bush family, including Jeb and his father and brother, former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, skipped last month’s Republican National Convention, where Trump was officially nominated.
Jeb had made it clear before the convention that he would not vote for Trump or Clinton in November.
"I will not vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, but I will support principled conservatives at the state and federal levels, just as I have done my entire life,” he wrote on his Facebook page in May.
Trump said during a Tampa, Florida, campaign event in June that he was waiting for his endorsement.
“I don’t think he’s going to endorse me, do you folks?” Trump asked his supporters before dismissively adding, “Who the hell cares?”
Jeb Bush predicted in July that the real estate mogul’s supporters will feel "betrayed" when his campaign promises fail to materialize.
“There isn't going to be a wall built," Bush told MSNBC in an interview. “And Mexico's not going to pay for it. And there's not going to be a ban on Muslims.”
Trump has pledge to build a wall on the border with Mexico to curb illegal immigration. He has also proposed a ban on all Muslims entering the US.
George P. Bush, 40, took office as the Texas Land Commissioner in 2014, becoming the fourth straight generation of his family in elected office.