Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said he thinks President Donald Trump will receive the votes of “a lot of shy Bush people” on Tuesday.
Fleischer, who served under former President George W. Bush and reportedly did not vote for Trump in 2016, told a Monday morning “Fox & Friends” panel that the president’s performance has changed his mind.
Fox News co-host Brian Kilmeade said many people who worked for Bush “do not want to vote” for Trump.
Fleischer replied, “Yeah. I’ve also got to tell you I think there’s a lot of shy Bush people who will vote for him.”
“But it is important that you win over new voters, and I do think there was a bloc of people — conservatives, other people — who questioned the president’s character, who did not vote for him in 2016 who… he has won their support, myself included, because of the way he’s governed,” Fleischer continued.
The former White House press secretary claimed that, before the pandemic, Trump’s “tax cuts and deregulatory policies” had done “more to lift people up and help them get out of poverty than any great society program ever implemented, any redistribution of income program ever implemented.”
“So when you talk about who’s helped the poor, who’s done more to help low-income Americans, it’s President Trump and his economic policies, and that’s why I’m voting for him,” he concluded. “He’s delivered, and he deserves reelection.”
So-called “shy Trump voters,” or those unwilling to express their support for Trump to pollsters for fear of criticism, are cited as a factor that could cause current polling to overstate support for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. (RELATED: ‘Flat Out Communist Propaganda’: Kamala Harris Ripped After Posting ‘Equality And Equity’ Video)
Several hundred former Bush officials formed a super PAC this summer called “43 Alumni For Biden” to support the Democratic candidate. Trump is currently trailing Biden 6.5 points, per a Real Clear Politics national polling average.