George W. Bush famously said he would never criticize a presidential successor.
And for eight years, he kept his word and remained silent on Barack Obama’s conduct in office.
But now, he’s recanted that promise to stab Donald Trump in the back.
Donald Trump won the GOP nomination by campaigning against the Bush legacy.
Republicans rallied to Trump’s calls to secure the border, stop illegal immigration, end global trade deals that guts the middle class, and reject foreign wars based on nation building.
By electing Donald Trump as President, they repudiated the Bush’s globalist legacy.
And upon taking office, Trump has faithfully worked to implement his agenda.
He directed the Department of Homeland Security to enforce immigration laws and begin the construction of a border wall.
He signed an executive order pausing travel from seven terrorist hot spots until an effective vetting process is put in place.
And he pulled America out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
George W. Bush clearly has become infuriated by all of this.
He represents the Republican establishment that championed all of these policies Trump is undoing.
So in an interview on the Today Show, Bush openly voiced his criticism of Donald Trump and his administration.
George W. Bush restated his support for open borders and attacked Trump’s plans to defend America.
“Monday on NBC’s “Today,” former President George W. Bush was asked to offer his thoughts on President Donald Trump’s executive order halting immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
Bush emphasized to host “Today” host Matt Lauer the importance to “worship freely.”
“I think it’s very important for all of us to recognize one of our great strengths is for people to be able to worship the way they want to or not worship at all,” Bush said. “The bedrock of our freedom, a bedrock of our freedom, is the right to worship freely. And I — you see, I understood right off the bat, Matt this, that is an ideological conflict. And people who murder the innocent are not religious people. They want to advance an ideology. And we’ve faced those in the past…
…Later when pressed on whether or not he approved or disapproved of the policy, Bush refrained.
“I am for an immigration policy that’s welcoming and upholds the law,” he added.”
Political observers were stunned by these remarks.
Bush took great pains to never criticize Obama during his eight years as President.
But in this interview, he broke his silence to dump on the new President.
Political pundits believe Bush may still hold hard feelings towards Trump for the way he defeated his brother in the GOP primary.
Especially since Trump then went on to win the general election without the support of the Bush dynasty.
Whatever the reasons, it’s clear Bush used this interview to ultimately stab Trump in the back.