Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush appears to be trying to make amends with former rival President-elect Donald Trump.
Bush praised Trump’s proposal to implement congressional term limits in an op-ed published in The Wall Street Journal Thursday evening. He wrote that it’s time to deregulate and put a constitutional amendment in place to ensure lawmakers aren’t in Washington, D.C. for too long.
“Americans, by wide majorities, agree that Washington is broken, so let’s send power back to the people and back to the states,” he wrote. “Republicans should support convening a constitutional convention to pass term limits, a balanced-budget amendment and restraints on the Commerce Clause, which has given the federal government far more regulatory power than the Founders intended.”
Bush acknowledged Trump’s repeated attacks, including those targeted toward him, were successful in tapping into Americans frustrations with the establishment.
“These voters believe the American dream is increasingly out of reach. They believe our system is skewed in favor of the powerful and the connected,” he wrote. “They believe that the politicians elected to right these wrongs have only made them worse. And they overwhelmingly voted for Mr. Trump, giving him a hard-won victory.”
“He [Bush] will continue to pray” for Trump and his family as he prepares to take office. Bush wrote that he believes the party can accomplish its goals without “stooping to the identity politics of the left.”
“I pray he governs inclusively, with humility and with purpose,” it reads. “I pray that he will be led by a deep love of this nation and each of its citizens, regardless of background or ZIP Code.”
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