The Republican Party's two most recent presidents are choosing to not throw their support a candidate in the 2016 election rather than back presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, according to a new report.
The Texas Tribune reported on Wednesday that President George H.W. Bush and his son President George W. Bush have opted not to endorse any candidate, even after Republican rivals Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich dropped out.
An aide for the younger Bush released a statement, revealing that Bush doesn't plan to participate at all during the rest of the election season. His father's spokesman said Bush 41 was retired from politics, adding, "He came out of retirement to do a few things for Jeb, but those were the exceptions that proved the rule."
Trump viciously attacked former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush when they were rivals in the campaign, and even took to criticizing Bush 43 on a number of issues including his mishandling of 9/11
"I lost hundreds of friends, the World Trade Center came down during the reign of George Bush," Trump said during a debate in February, insisting Bush failed to keep Americans safe.
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President George Bush chats with brother Gov. Jeb Bush as they acknowledge cheering supporters at a fundraiser for the Republican Party of Florida at the Contemporary Resort at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, Friday, February 17, 2006. (Photo by Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, UNITED STATES: US President George W. Bush (R) reaches out to shake hands with his brother Florida Governor Jeb Bush (L) shortly after Air Force One arrived at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, 09 May 2006. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
Washington, UNITED STATES: US President George W. Bush (L) looks on as his brother Florida Governor Jeb Bush speaks 19 April, 2006. Governor Bush was among several governors who met with the president after an Easter trip to Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
President George Bush (left) and brother Gov. Jeb Bush acknowledge cheering supporters at a fundraiser for the Republican Party of Florida at the Contemporary Resort at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, Friday, February 17, 2006. (Photo by Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - OCTOBER 19: U.S. President George W. Bush (L) and his brother Florida Governor Jeb Bush (R) smile while greeting supporters during a campaign rally at Progress Energy Park October 19, 2004 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Recent polls indicate Bush is maintaining a slight lead over his Democratic challenger U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA). (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 22: Jeb Bush is seen at Salt Lake City Airport on January 22, 2015 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by JOCE/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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When asked if Bush should have been impeached, Trump responded, "You do whatever you want, you call it whatever you want."
But the decision to remain neutral in the general election is unprecedented in recent years. The elder Bush endorsed the Republican nominee for office every year since he lost his re-election in 1992 and the younger former President Bush did the same for John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012.
The family might be able to keep from endorsing Trump this go-around, but it's pretty clear how they feel about the GOP's 2016 pick.
"In my experience, the strongest person usually isn't the loudest one in the room," George W. Bush said at a campaign stop in South Carolina.
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Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911-2004) 40th President of the United States (1981-1989) and 33rd Governor of California (1967-1975). Head-and-shoulders portrait with stars-and-stripes in background, circa 1985. (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)
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US President George W. Bush poses for a portrait in this undated photo January 31, 2001 at the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo courtesy of the White House/Newsmakers)
U.S. President George W. Bush arrives on the South Lawn of the White House after a three day trip September 25, 2005 in Washington, DC. President Bush spent the weekend in Austin, Texas., Colorado Springs, Colorado and in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, monitoring the effects of Hurricane Rita on the Gulf Coasts of Texas and Louisiana. (Photo by Roger L. Wollenberg-Pool/Getty Images)
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In this photo provided by the Obama Transition Office, U.S. President-elect Barack Obama poses for an official portrait on January 13, 2009 in Washington, DC. On January 20 Obama will be sworn in as the nation's 44th president. (Photo by Pete Souza/Obama Transition Office via Getty Images)
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