After Jeb Bush dropped out of the presidential race on Saturday night, former President George W. Bush released a statement saying he is “proud” of his brother.
“Tonight I talked to my brother and congratulated him on his campaign for the presidency,” the former president said. “I told Jeb how proud I am of him and his staff for running a campaign that looked to the future, presented serious policy proposals, and elevated the tone of the race.”
Bush seemed to suggest that his brother was doing a favor to those who want to stop Donald Trump from getting the nomination. By getting out of the contest, the argument goes, Jeb helps by allowing more people to coalesce behind an anti-Trump alternative.
“Jeb’s decision to suspend his campaign reflects his selfless character and patriotism,” he said. “I was moved by Jeb’s concession speech. Laura and I are proud of Jeb and Columba for the character and class they brought to this important campaign.”
Bush announced his withdrawal from the race in an emotional speech after coming in a disappointing fourth place in Saturday’s South Carolina primary.