Jeb Bush is fed up. He is just over it. He can't even.
During a Saturday stop in South Carolina, the former governor of Florida—who has gone from being the Republican establishment's expected nominee to a guy who gets made fun of for not knowing how to put on a zip-up hoodie—got real about how running for president is a miserable thing to do.
As CNN's Jake Tapper first reported, Bush commented over the weekend that, like the late Rodney Dangerfield, he gets no respect.
"If this election is about how we're going to fight to get nothing done, then I don't want anything—I want no part of it. I don't want to be elected president to sit around and see gridlock just become so dominant that people literally are in decline in their lives," Bush said. "That is not my motivation. I've got a lot of other really cool things I could do other than sit around, being miserable, listening to people demonizing me and feeling compelled to demonize them. That is a joke. Elect Trump if you want that."
I mean, fair enough! Running for president seems terrible, and being president seems even more terrible! If I were Bush, I would definitely go do some of those other really cool things instead. He's worth an estimated $22 million, which buys him a lot of room to follow his arrow if he drops out of the race. Like maybe he should swim in a pool or something! Get a massage every day for a month. Audit some philosophy classes and try to get out of his head for a little while. See if SoulCycle lives up to the hype.
Bush acknowledging that running for president is the total worst is the most lucid thing any candidate of either party has said since the start of this election season. And lucky for you, Fusion obtained exclusive footage of his comments: