Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush comments on Donald Trump victory

File photo, Jan. 5, 2016 (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Former Florida Governor and former presidential republican candidate Jeb Bush is speaking out about why he believes Donald Trump won the election.

Bush also saying who he didn’t vote for.

“I didn’t vote for him,” Bush said.

“I made it clear I wasn’t going to support him at that time. I didn’t think either candidate passed the threshold of who should be sitting behind the desk in the oval office, making decisions that have a huge impact on the world.”

“Now he’s own and my hope and prayer each and every day is that he understands the incredible opportunity he has to serve, that he has a servants heart and he leads,” Bush told News Channel 8’s sister station WJHL.

Bush was in East Tennessee speaking at a leadership conference when he commented on President-elect Donald Trump.

“I am more optimistic today than I was prior to the election and I do think this was an against election. People’s anger is legitimate,” he said.

“Their frustrations are real. The system hasn’t worked for people in a long while. Washington needs to be drained, it is a swamp,” said Bush about Trump.

Bush commended Trump on his cabinet choices so far, including controversial Secretary of State pick, Rex Tillerson. Bush called Tillerson a patriot who will represent the United States well.

Bush did comment on Trump’s choice of words, saying he hopes Trump realizes his words have consequences.

Bush also called the CIA’s report about Russian hacking interfering with the election.

“It’s so unbecoming for people who ran and lost to have all sort of excuses that blame everything but themselves.  Hillary Clinton was a lousy candidate and people rejected her and her progressive ideology. They didn’t necessarily embrace an ideology by Donald Trump because he didn’t really lay one out.”

“He just said things were bad, trust me, I’ll take care of it. Now he’s going to have his chance,” Bush said finally. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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