Former President George H.W. Bush raised quite a stir on social media when news broke via a Facebook post that he was planning to cast his ballot for Hillary Clinton.
The idea of a Bush voting for a Clinton blew a few minds in the media, but would it happen again when George H.W. Bush cast his vote for president?
According to Jonathan Martin of the New York Times, President Bush and wife Laura simply left the presidential line empty and headed down the ballot instead.
NEWS: George W. & Laura Bush did not vote for Trump. They left the presidential line empty & cast votes for downballot GOP candidates
— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) November 8, 2016
A former president not voting for president? That’s news.
— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) November 8, 2016
@jmartNYT bull shit. How do you know that? Were you spying in the booth?
— Nickarama (@Nickarama1) November 8, 2016
@jmartNYT How do you know?
— Thomas Cain (@ThomasCain) November 8, 2016
Maybe they tweeted a voting booth selfie that slipped past us?
@jmartNYT very disappointed in them.
— Vickie Treece (@Vltreece) November 8, 2016
@jmartNYT How nice for them. Congratulations.
— Matthew A. Duda (@nnw59) November 8, 2016
@jmartNYT Bush's are establishment, establishment hates Trump, don't expect anything different from them.
— Lisa Klein (@Lisak157) November 8, 2016
@jmartNYT Which strangely enough is an indication of why Trump's appeal to the worker class is so strong.
— Smart Politics (@PoliticsQNA) November 8, 2016
— Mark (@analogkid2112) November 8, 2016
— 70Rox (@70Roxx) November 8, 2016
@jmartNYT …in other words, they would have voted Clinton but couldn't face friends & family after voting for a Dem.
— Jason #TeamMcMullin (@jpwilloughby) November 8, 2016
— Dannye Williamsen (@MindSlapDannye) November 8, 2016
@jmartNYT Country over Party.
— Robert (@BabyMorris) November 8, 2016
Thank you. https://t.co/sydg24fciG
— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) November 8, 2016
@jmartNYT who cares. Poor Jeb. Lol
— Mary Clemente (@JuradoTequila) November 8, 2016
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A spokesman for the president confirms that Bush and wife Laura left the presidential ballot blank.
Bush 43 spox confirms to @CBSNews that Bush and his wife Laura left their presidential ballots blank, voted Republican in downballot races.
— Emily Schultheis (@emilyrs) November 8, 2016
— Joshua Perry (@OAjperrysuu) November 8, 2016
— Feldspar Gate Bison (@bradboyqld) November 8, 2016
— Oliver (@oliverkitkat1) November 8, 2016