Former Republican President George H.W. Bush will reportedly cast his ballot for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
The former president’s preference was outed on social media by former Democratic Lt. Gov. Kathleen Hartington Kennedy Townsend of Maryland, the daughter of late Democratic Sen. Robert F. Kennedy of New York.
“President Bush said he’s voting for Hillary,” Townsend told The Washington Post. “That’s what he said. He was talking about politics and what’s going on in the elections.”
Townsend had broken the news on her Facebook, where she posted a picture of her beside the 92-year-old President Bush, hand-in-hand.
“The President told me he’s voting for Hillary!!” Townsend wrote. She later took the post down.
Bush spokesman Jim McGrath told CNN the Bush family would not be confirming or denying Townsend’s assertion.
“The vote President Bush will cast as a private citizen in some 50 days will be just that: a private vote cast in some 50 days,” McGrath said. “He is not commenting on the presidential race in the interim.”
On Sept. 19, Townsend met with Bush during an advisory board meeting for the former president’s nonprofit Points of Lights Foundation in Maine. Anonymous sources present during the meeting have expressed disappointment that Townsend chose to announce Bush’s private feelings about the election.
The Bush family, including former President George W. Bush and former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, have kept silent on who they will support during the 2016 presidential election, which has served as a symbolic snub of GOP nominee Donald Trump. None of them attended the Republican National Convention in July.
Former President H.W. Bush, who lost to Clinton’s spouse, former President Bill Clinton, during the 1992 election, has kept his views towards Trump private throughout 2016.
President George H.W. Bush’s former Vice President Dan Quayle has publicly supported Trump.
Quayle told Politico in July he hoped the Bush family would come around to supporting the GOP nominee.
“Clearly in their heart of hearts I should hope they would want a Republican president, but they can speak for themselves,” Quayle said.
While his reelection bid was rebuked by Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign, George H.W. Bush and the former Democratic president have since become close friends.
“Bill Clinton treated Dad with great deference and Dad has become a friend of his,” former President George W. Bush told Real Clear Politics in 2014. “There are things that are more vital in life than allowing defeat to embitter you.”