- Jonathan Tilove American-Statesman Staff
Donald Trump Jr. Tuesday tweeted his support for Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush in his Republican primary campaign against his predecessor, Jerry Patterson, whose son is one of the pilots of Marine One, the Marine Corps helicopter that transports President Donald Trump.
In the tweet, the president’s son says that, “Elections are about choices. In 2016, @GeorgePBush endorsed @realDonaldTrump and campaigned for him. His opponent attacked Trump and urged him quit the race. Texas conservatives have a clear choice: Bush for Texas Land Commissioner.”
Bush responded with his own tweet, “Thank you @DonaldJTrumpJr —we’re working hard alongside @realDonaldTrump conservative agenda in Texas to #MakeAmericaGreatAgain.”
Last Tuesday, the night of the State of the Union, Bush tweeted, “In 2016, I endorsed Donald Trump and campaigned for him because I believed he could help #MAGA. Tonight in his #SOTU he again showed why our country needed new direction. @txglo, I am enacting conservative reforms and working alongside the Trump agenda—thank you @POTUS”
Bush, the grandson of President George H.W. Bush and the nephew of George W. Bush, is the last member of the family dynasty to hold political office. He is the son of Jeb Bush, who was the front-runner for the Republican nomination for president in 2016 until Donald Trump, belittling him as “Low Energy Jeb,” came along.
Patterson was not enamored with Trump, wrote in Evan McMullin, a Utah conservative, who ran as a anti-Trump independent, for president in 2016, and decided not to run for a seat on the Texas Railroad Commission that year because he found the prospect of running on a ticket headed by Trump unappealing.
“I didn’t know if that was something I could do if Trump were the nominee and I had to defend him,” Patterson said Tuesday.
Patterson has since formed a somewhat more positive impression of Trump thanks to his son, Lt. Col. Travis Lee Patterson.
“My son is one of his pilots on Marine One and has very good things to say about him and his demeanor as the commander-in-chief,” Patterson said.
Also, Patterson said, “Trump’s appointments, with one or two exceptions, have been sterling.”
“It proves that even people our age, and Donald are I the same age, can grow up and I’m working on it myself,” Patterson said.
Of the exchange of tweets between Donald Trump Jr. and George P. Bush, Patterson said, “What that tells me is that Bush is extremely concerned and I don’t know how that can be because he put out a poll that said I only had 4 percent.”