Former President George W. Bush called for Democrats and Republicans to unite in response to the coronavirus pandemic, only to be childishly attacked by President Donald Trump.
Bush released a video message to the American people on Saturday as the death toll approaches 70,000 urging an end to partisanship during this difficult time to face the crisis together even as Trump and Republicans try to force the country to re-open earlier than health experts recommend.
“Let us remember how small our differences are in the face of this shared threat,” Bush said. “In the final analysis, we are not partisan combatants. We are human beings, equally vulnerable and equally wonderful in the sight of God. We rise or fall together.”
— George W. Bush Presidential Center (@TheBushCenter) May 2, 2020
While watching Fox & Friends early Sunday morning despite claiming that he doesn’t have “much time” to sleep, Trump heard about the message and immediately launched an attack whining about Bush not speaking out in opposition to his impeachment.
.@PeteHegseth “Oh bye the way, I appreciate the message from former President Bush, but where was he during Impeachment calling for putting partisanship aside.” @foxandfriends He was nowhere to be found in speaking up against the greatest Hoax in American history!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2020
Trump’s impeachment was not a “hoax,” but a legitimate consequence of his criminal effort to extort Ukraine into opening investigations into his political rival former Vice President and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
The impeachment was not partisan on the part of the Democrats. Senate Republicans outright rigged the trial in Trump’s favor but while nearly every Republican voted to acquit, Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) joined Democrats in voting to convict and remove him from office, making that vote bipartisan.
Bush sought to calm Americans and bring them together during one of the worst crises we’ve ever faced. Trump ruined that by making it all about himself and his grievances against any perceived slight, even an imaginary one.
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