Jeb Bush asks Donald Trump to accept defeat, ‘go home to Florida’
(Associated Press)

George W. Bush, Jeb Bush
He joins his brother and former President George W. Bush in denouncing the President's actions.

Former Gov. Jeb Bush has joined his brother and other Republicans in begging President Donald Trump to change course after inciting the riot that laid siege to the nation’s Capitol Wednesday.

Bush, one of the President’s rivals for the 2016 Republican nomination, once called Trump a “chaos candidate” and then a “chaos President.” The former Governor’s statement drew a parallel to those past sentiments.

“The President has provoked the disgusting events at the Capitol today. He has gone from creating chaos to inciting insurrection,” Bush tweeted.

The former Governor continued, telling Trump to return home to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach.

“Mr. President, accept your defeat, go home to Florida and let our elected officials do their jobs and rebuild confidence in our democracy.”

Bush’s older brother and former President George W. Bush says he and his wife, Laura, are sickened and heartbroken over the “mayhem” in Washington and have watched in “disbelief and dismay” as events unfolded.

Bush said the “assault” on the Capitol on Wednesday and the disruption to a constitutionally mandated meeting to affirm Democrat Joe Biden’s victory was “undertaken by people whose passions have been inflamed by falsehoods and false hopes.”

The Republican said in a statement that he is “appalled” by what he described as “reckless” behavior by some political leaders since the election and the lack of respect for U.S. institutions, traditions and law enforcement.

“This is how election results are disputed in a banana republic — not our democratic republic,” the former President said. “I am appalled by the reckless behavior of some political leaders since the election and by the lack of respect shown today for our institutions, our traditions, and our law enforcement.”

Bush addressed those who are disappointed by the election result, saying, “our country is more important than the politics of the moment.”

Dozens of Trump’s supporters breached the security perimeter and entered the Capitol as Congress was meeting. They fought with officers both inside the building and out.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Renzo Downey

Renzo Downey covers state government for Florida Politics. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2019, Renzo began his reporting career in the Lone Star State, covering state government for the Austin American-Statesman. Shoot Renzo an email at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @RenzoDowney.


  • Sonja Fitch

    January 7, 2021 at 3:58 am

    Trump is not a legal resident of Florida! Palm Beach County do not let this damn traitor in your county or any county in Florida! Trump is a dam paranoid delusional racist sexist liar! Trump is a loser! Trump is a Fing traitor! Do not let this perversion in Florida!

  • PeterH

    January 7, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    Florida has its own huge collection of deplorable nutcases! Why ruin South Florida with yet another narcissistic fool. Send Trump to Russia!

  • NancyK

    January 11, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    It’s the height of hypocrisy for the 2000 Presidential election stealing Bush brothers to criticize Trump for trying to steal the 2020 Presidential election. Trump’s 2020 Presidential election stealing tactics are taken straight out of the Bush brothers 2000 Presidential election stealing playbook. Anyone who would call what the Bush brothers did in Florida to thwart the will of the people and steal the 2000 Presidential election democracy, would describe Florida swamp land as ocean front property. It’s a tragedy for our country that the media remains totally AWOL in telling this important story.

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