Former 2016 presidential hopeful and Florida governor Jeb Bush called for a Republican to challenge President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election bid, for the good of conservatives and for the country. "I think someone should run just because Republicans ought to be given a choice", Bush tells David Axelrod of The Axe Files, per Mediaite.
Bush, who himself was unable to defeat Mr. Trump in the 2016 Republican primaries, said beating him in 2020 will be tough for anyone because the president has a "strong, loyal base" and it's hard to defeat a sitting president. "He's acted decisively in some areas that I think are important, particularly on the regulatory side", said Bush.
Bush reportedly also suggested that Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan might be the person to take up the nomination challenge.
Then-Republican presidential hopefuls Donald Trump (L) and Jeb Bush high five during the Republican Presidential Debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California on September 16, 2015. Bush spoke at Hogan's Inauguration Day ceremonies and he told CNN that he "kind of got a sense that maybe this was an opening" for Hogan to consider a presidential campaign.
"He hasn't shifted to being president in the way that people are used to, and I think that's the problem, I would say".
As IJR reported, Trump and Bush have gone back and forth with insults in the past, with Trump calling Bush "low energy". "I'm flattered people are saying that and including me in those discussions".
Not all of Bush's comments toward Trump have been negative. "Jeb -- mom can't help you with ISIS, the Chinese or with Putin", Trump posted to Twitter.
Axelrod teased the quote ahead of his interview with Bush that will be aired on Saturday night.