The Bush family is "behaving childishly" by skipping out on the Republican National Convention this week and refusing to support Donald Trump as the party's presidential nominee, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Monday.
"The reason people nominated Donald Trump is because they weren’t happy and, frankly, I think the Bushes are behaving childishly," Gingrich, who was on Trump's running mate short list, told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "Good Morning America."
"Jeb lost," he continued. "Get over it."
Neither former President George H.W. Bush or his son, former President George W. Bush, plan to endorse Trump, they announced in May.
Jeb Bush, a former Florida governor who many thought last year would carry on his family's presidential legacy, dropped his 2016 campaign for the GOP nomination in February
, following a campaign that failed despite having millions of dollars in its war chest and his name recognition.
This is the first time in the past five presidential races that the eldest Bush has not endorsed the Republican nominee, notes ABC. Meanwhile, Jeb Bush has said that he will support neither Trump or presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, and last week called for 'rebuilding' the GOP
There are several other well known Republicans staying away from the convention, including former nominees Mitt Romney and John McCain, and former Trump rival and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
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