(ANTIMEDIA Op-Ed) If anything, President Donald Trump has been able to accomplish at least one feat: to unite unprincipled conservatives and liberals in deeming former President George W. Bush a morally sound leader.
In light of Trump’s immigration orders targeting both undocumented individuals and travelers from countries on the receiving end of U.S. foreign intervention, Bush has been getting a great deal of love from the media. He has had warm interviews with celebrity talk show hosts and the Today show. He has been leaving traces of harsh criticism aimed at Trump, and this commentary seems to be leaving both #NeverTrump conservatives and hysterical liberals in awe of how sane he now sounds.
In one example, Bush criticized Trump for his alleged involvement with Russian officials, claiming “we all need answers.”
Julian Assange — the man behind the website that published the notorious emails associated with Hillary Clinton and her campaign staff — has said the documents were leaked and not hacked. Apparently oblivious to this, however, Bush appears to simply trust the media on the scandalous ties between the president and the Kremlin. He also praised the press even though they have failed to present sufficient evidence to prove their narrative is accurate.
Perhaps Bush’s eight years away from the public spotlight helped him, and the people to forget how he and his administration helped to shape the narrative in 2003. Back then, the then-president needed to convince the American public that Saddam Hussein was out to get us all. Unfortunately, the Iraqi dictator was too busy writing his memoirs to worry about weapons of mass destruction — or the lies being manufactured by the Bush administration.
About $2 trillion later, Bush and his cronies were responsible for one of the bloodiest military campaigns in recent history, derailing the country’s progress and helping create yet another threat to the millions of innocent Christians, Muslims, and Jews of the Middle East: ISIS.
But please, ignore all that. What matters is that Bush says he would like to see “an immigration policy that’s welcoming and upholds the law.” The guy is solid — a solid farce, that is. Was he worried about the countless innocent civilians losing their homes and lives in Iraq and Afghanistan before he invaded? Perhaps he loved immigrants so much that his plan was to destroy the Middle East so they could all move west as refugees. We’ll never know. But what we do know is that if that was his plan, it worked magically.
Celebrities And Their Obsession With Uniting Behind Hate
In January, celebrity comedian Aziz Ansari told the Saturday Night Live audience that Bush “made a speech after 9/11, and it really helped.”
To the forgetful funny man, “[t]hings changed. … [because Bush] said Islam is peace” after 9/11, refusing to indict the entire religion. I guess words speak louder than actions, right?
On the daily talk show The View, liberal Joy Behar confessed that while she was “after” Bush for eight years, she was considering purchasing the former president’s paintings.
“The thing about this is that Donald has now done something I thought he would never do. I like — I like the fact that George Bush — I like George Bush now, is what I’m trying to say. I’m having trouble saying it.”
United in hate.
After countless celebrities joined Iraq war protesters, helping Bush’s approval ratings to tank to 25 percent in 2008 — one of the lowest in history — liberals are now coming together to celebrate their long lost “Bushie,” the Republican who speaks to their inner tyrants.
Instead of keeping politics out of the emotional realm, understanding that politicians — regardless of party affiliation — perpetuate policies that dramatically hurt innocent people both domestically and abroad, these emotionally promiscuous luminaries are again united in hate. The end result? They are now elevating those who speak to their anger — not necessarily those who advocate what they claim to represent.
I can’t wait to see the same characters giving Trump taps on the back years from now when another bad seed occupies the White House.