President George W. Bush is now a painter. Since leaving the White House, he’s avoided the political fray. When President Obama blamed him for most things, he was silent. When his executive orders were systematically reversed, he remained silent. I’m not one who believes former Presidents need to hold their tongue, but it’s their choice to do so.
When I first read headlines that Bush was being critical of President Trump, I started shaking my head. Literally. It’s no secret that Bush isn’t a fan of Trump’s, but he wasn’t a fan of Obama’s either. Why would he come out and attack this President after being silent about the previous President?
Then, I watched the interview.
No, he didn’t attack Trump. Despite the headline spinning that we’re seeing in mainstream media, the statements that Bush made about the free press and immigration bans were simply politically correct statements from somebody who clearly didn’t want to get political. He answered the questions that Matt Lauer peppered him with, but saying that he believes a free press is “indispensable to democracy” is not tantamount to an attack on Trump.
Still, the media paints the picture they want us to see.
Before you go out on social media and start bashing the former president based upon headlines you read, watch the actual video first. If you still think Bush was attacking Trump, the media has already spun your mind to seeing falsehoods.