President Bush is facing fierce
backlash from conservatives after he delivered a speech that has been
interpreted as a direct attack on President Trump.
“Bigotry seems emboldened," Bush said. "Our politics seems more
vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.”
The former Republican president never mentioned Trump's name, but
journalists, political pundits and just about everyone with functioning
ear drums understood the identity of the target.
Listeners to my national radio show called Bush's remarks disgraceful
and appalling and extremely disappointing.
Personally, I'm puzzled -- because President Bush never publicly
criticized President Obama -- ever.
"You won't see me out there opining or criticizing my successor," Bush
said in 2010.
"I don't think it does any good. It's a hard job. He's got plenty on his
agenda," he said in 2013, defending his decision to remain silent about
the Obama administration. "A former president doesn't need to make it
And in 2014 Bush told Fox News Channel, "I don't think it's good for the
country to have a former president undermine a current president; I
think it's bad for the presidency for that matter."
So why did he decide to unleash on President Trump?
I would expect Obama to undermine Trump -- that's what he does -- he's a
community organizer. It's in his nature - he's an agitator.
But George W. Bush -- yeah -- well, his blindside against the president
was mighty disappointing. I respected that man -- I knew he was a fake
conservative - but he took care of our military -- he looked after the
troops. He defended religious liberty. That speech he gave on the pile
of rubble after 9-11 - one of the best speeches in modern presidential
So now you understand the lay of the
land - ladies and gentlemen.
Establishment Republicans and Democrats on one side, We the People on
When Obama shoved Obamacare down our throats Bush turned the other way.
When Obama apologized for America on foreign soil Bush was silent.
When Obama declared a war on police officers - Bush offered nary a peep.
When Obama waged war on religious liberty - Bush was AWOL.
And when Barack Obama vowed to fundamentally transform America -- George
W. Bush -- stood down. Mission Accomplished.
So - maybe his speech yesterday in New York City -- was just Bush
showing his true colors -- coming out of the closet as an Establishment
Republican Swamp Thing.