• George W. Bush said Rep. James Clyburn was a “saviour” for his role in resurrecting Joe Biden’s campaign.
  • Clyburn relayed the rare comments from Bush to reporters on a conference call.
  • Biden’s 2020 primary campaign was on life support when Clyburn endorsed him

Former President George W. Bush told House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, a South Carolina Democrat, that he was a “saviour” for endorsing President Joe Biden at a critical moment during the 2020 Democratic presidential primary and helping ensure his victory, Clyburn told reporters.

Bush told Clyburn during the inauguration ceremony on Wednesday that Biden was the only Democrat capable of beating former President Donald Trump.

“George Bush said to me today, ‘You know, you’re the saviour because if you had not nominated Joe Biden, we would not be having this transfer of power today,'” Clyburn told reporters during a call on Wednesday.

The congressman added, “He said to me, ‘Joe Biden was the only one who could have defeated the incumbent president.'”