It wasn’t that long ago when the mainstream media and its leftist minions flooded print and the airwaves with endless criticisms of number 43, President George W. Bush. To them, he was just the worst (until Trump). Remember how they mocked Dubya as a moron who botched everything, including the English language, and how he hated black people? Well, once they heard that Texas accent fill their ears with criticisms of 45, they became instant fans.
Bush spoke at the George W. Bush Institute in New York City on Thursday and made veiled remarks about how “nationalism distorted into nativism” and how “bigotry seems emboldened” without ever mentioning Trump by name. And the Left ate it up!
CNN’s Chris Cizilla’s headline screamed: “George W. Bush just laid a major smackdown on Trumpism.” Cizilla noted Bush’s “important and noteworthy” speech as “a point-by-point rejection of Trumpism.”
New York Times op-ed columnist David Leonhardt called the speech “brave” and said it is recommended reading:
George W. Bush gave a brave speech yesterday, calling out the rise of bigotry, nativism and “outright fabrication.” It was a sweeping rejection of President Trump, without ever saying his name.
“The American spirit does not say, ‘We shall manage,’ or ‘We shall make the best of it,’” Bush concluded. “It says, ‘We shall overcome.” I recommend watching or reading the full speech.
The Washington Post condensed Bush’s speech into a more-watchable three minutes packed with its favorite lines from his “ardent speech on democracy.”
NPR’s Domenico Montanaro said it sounds like Bush “wants to make America great again.”
Newsweek’s John Haltiwanger applauded Bush’s “staunch rejection of the commander-in-chief's embrace of isolationism and hyper-nationalism.”
Maegan Vazquez also wrote for CNN: “Former President George W. Bush condemned bigotry and white supremacy Thursday while endorsing policies that run counter to those supported by President Donald Trump.”
But while the leftist media kept its focus on the anti-Trump aspects — except for NPR’s Monatnaro, who at least mentioned this — Mr. Bush did “lay a smackdown” on liberal populism, as well:
"Since World War II, America has encouraged and benefited from the global advance of free markets, from the strength of democratic alliances, and from the advance of free societies… There are some signs that the intensity of support for democracy itself has waned, especially among the young who never experienced the galvanizing moral clarity of the Cold War or never focused on the ruin of entire nations by Socialist central planning. Some have called that democratic deconsolidation. Merely it seems to be a combination of weariness, frayed tempers and forgetfulness."
But enough about conservatism, back to the Trump bashing!