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Rumsfeld dismisses Bush 41’s Clinton vote: ‘He’s up in years’

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Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is dismissing George H.W. Bush’s reported decision to vote for Hillary Clinton, citing the former president’s age.
Rumsfeld, who is supporting Clinton’s presidential rival, Donald Trump, said in an MSNBC interview broadcast Thursday that he wasn’t surprised by Bush’s reported decision. 
 
{mosads}Asked why, Rumsfeld responded, “Oh, he’s up in years.”

“So are you!” MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle said with a laugh.

“But he’s up in years,” Rumsfeld insisted, “And he obviously comes from a totally different cut than Donald Trump.”

 
Bush is 92, and Rumsfeld is 84.
 
Rumsfeld offered the same response about Bush “getting up in years” when pushing back last year at criticism from the former Republican president over Rumsfeld’s service in the George W. Bush administration.
 
“He gets his choice, and if that’s true, he’s made his choice. Then, fine, he can go do what he wants to do,” Rumsfeld said of the elder Bush supporting Clinton over Trump.
 
Rumsfeld argued that “truthfulness” was a priority in picking whom to support, saying of Trump compared with Clinton, “I think he is not untruthful, and I think she is.”

Robert F. Kennedy’s daughter Kathleen Kennedy Townsend posted a picture on Facebook early this week saying Bush told her he was voting for Clinton, prompting backlash from Trump’s campaign.

Also during the MSNBC interview, Ruhle remarked on the level of “hate” that has emerged in the presidential race this year, noting media are regularly using terms such as “bigot” and “racist.”
 
“I know. I’m uncomfortable with it,” Rumsfeld responded, shrugging. 
 
“I’m also an American. I recognize — I studied history — and I recognize we’ve changed,  and I hope we continue to change and evolve,” he said.
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