George W. Bush: Ted Cruz Is “Opportunistic” For “Sucking Up” To Donald Trump

George W. Bush: Ted Cruz Is “Opportunistic” For “Sucking Up” To Donald Trump

Eyebrows were raised last night when former President George W. Bush unexpectedly ripped into several of his brother’s opponents in the GOP primary season at a Denver fundraising event, with Sen. Ted Cruz particularly in his crosshairs.

Via Raw Story:

Bush’s dismissive tone toward the Tea Party lawmaker — who worked on his campaign as a domestic policy advisor in 1999 — came as a surprise for many of the 100 donors at the event. At one point, Bush reportedly said of Cruz, “I just don’t like the guy.”

While the former Texas governor expressed confidence in his brother’s ability to win the party’s nomination, attendees said, he was generally pleasant during his 35-minute speech, with the exception of his remarks on Cruz, who he reportedly accused of “hijacking” the GOP in both Texas and Washington.

“He said he found it ‘opportunistic’ that Cruz was sucking up to [Donald] Trump and just expecting all of his support to come to him in the end,” one attendee said, an allusion to Cruz’s somewhat warmer relationship with the current Republican front-runner.

Bush also reportedly criticized another candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), although not as harshly

“He’s a young, first-term senator; I’m not sure if that qualifies you to be president,” Bush said of Rubio, according to two attendees, before quipping that should Cruz win the Republican presidential nomination, “I’ll be back here next year telling you that doesn’t matter.”