Former Presidents George W. Bush and Donald Trump probably aren’t going to send each other Christmas cards this year…or any year, in all honestly.
Despite having shared the same distinguished office, the two former presidents aren’t exactly the best of friends.
In a way, Trump built his political brand not only being anti-Obama, but also being anti-Bush and challenging the GOP establishment.
Bush also probably holds a grudge with the way that poor “low energy Jeb Bush!” was trounced by Trump—a beating that effectively ended his political career in the 2016 GOP primaries.
Jeb’s older, more successful brother has remained largely quiet during his post-presidency, except when it comes to popping his head out of his painting studio to take swipes at Trump and his supporters.
The most recent incident came over the weekend, when Bush compared the supposed threat from domestic terrorists (essentially code for “Trump supporters”) to the 9/11 terrorists on the 20th anniversary of the attack.
But Bush quickly found out that Trump, unlike himself, doesn’t take attacks lying down. Trump fights back HARD—something Bush didn’t do very often during his presidency, at great cost to himself and Conservatives everywhere.
Trump released the following scathing assessment of Bush’s comments:
“So interesting to watch former President Bush, who is responsible for getting us into the quicksand of the Middle East (and then not winning!), as he lectures us about how terrorists on the ‘Right’ are a bigger problem than those from foreign countries that hate America, and that are pouring into our country right now.”
The truth hurts…and Trump wasn’t holding back on the truth bombs.
“The World Trade Center came down during his watch. Bush led a failed and uninspiring presidency. He shouldn’t be lecturing anybody!”
Trump doesn’t start personal battles, but he does make a habit of finishing them. Be careful getting into the rhetorical boxing ring with him.
Earlier this year, 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.”
Maybe he should have taken some of his own advice and kept the political attacks on his OWN base to a bare minimum.
So in a shot against Trump, W. said, “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, even when Obama’s 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 RINOS like 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, the Democratic Party, and the power of culture walk all over Conservatives. They didn’t stand up to the Left on behalf of Conservatives, and regardless of what one thinks about Trump’s style, at least 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.