Former President George W. Bush has remained largely silent in his post-presidency. He has largely abstained from commenting on politics and has taken up a new hobby of painting, even publishing two books of his works.
However, the few times he has reemerged to give his opinion, it hasn’t been to defend conservative causes, but rather to throw shade at Republicans.
That’s a little puzzling given the fact that Bush is a Republican himself, and, before Trump, he was the media’s most despised GOP member. It’s hard to remember all those years ago, before Trump derangement syndrome, there was Bush derangement syndrome.
There was even a question of whether Bush intended to vote for Trump as reported by the New York Times last year, but a Bush spokesperson later pushed back and wouldn’t confirm the accuracy of that report.
But now Bush is back, and this time he is criticizing Trump and his fellow Republicans over their stance on illegal immigration and border security…a problem that Bush personally failed to solve during his own presidency.
Bush told CBS News’ Sunday Morning that he wanted Republicans to “please put aside all the harsh rhetoric about immigration. Please put aside trying to score political points on either side.’ I hope I can help set a tone that is more respectful about the immigrant, which may lead to reform of the system.”
And then about Trump, he said, “please put aside all the harsh rhetoric about immigration. Please put aside trying to score political points on either side.’ I hope I can help set a tone that is more respectful about the immigrant, which may lead to reform of the system…
To me, humility shows an understanding of self. It shows a belief in a higher power that is necessary to be an effective leader. And we were short of humility.”
Trump was trying to fix a mess he inherited from Bush and Obama. Bush had eight years to secure our southern border and to ensure that immigrants who come to our country do it legally, but he didn’t do that, and neither did Obama after him. Trump had to be the one to step up and take action.
Conservatives aren’t against immigration; we just want it to be done legally to ensure that immigrants aren’t going to be a drain on our resources and a danger to our people.
Legal immigrants have been a net positive to our country since the earliest days of the Republic, and conservatives want this tradition to continue, but crossing the border illegally is against the law and can’t be tolerated.
Bush is not being fair to conservatives by implying that all Republicans disdain immigrants and deride them publicly, that is simply not true.
As far as his criticism of Donald Trump, I never heard him say anything negative about Barack Obama for eight years as his policies decimated the country and he lectured Americans from a position of self-importance.
Obama was like the parent who scolds their children thinking that they know how to run their lives better than they do.
But not one peep from Bush during the Obama years.
If George W. Bush, Mitt Romney, and the late John McCain don’t like Trump, they have themselves to blame.
They were milquetoast Republicans who let the media, Democrats, and culture walk all over conservatives; they didn’t stand up to the Left for conservatives, and regardless of what one thinks about Trump’s style, he did.
It would be nice if Bush would for once speak out in favor of conservatives, but he hasn’t to this point, so why would he change now.
Bush was a disappointment to conservatives during his presidency, and he remains a disappointment to this day.
Some things never change.