乔治·W. Bush is unrecognizable in the current Republican Party

In an interview that aired Thursday with the Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith, one thing about George W. Bush was: He is fundamentally at odds with the current version of the Republican Party on virtually every front.

On the US Capitol riot of January 6, which many Republican elected officials have sought to downplay in its aftermath, Bush said this: “The violent assault on the Capitoland disruption of a constitutionally mandated meeting of Congresswas undertaken by people whose passions have been inflamed by falsehoods and false hopes.
On whether the 2020 election was stolen, as former President Donald Trump (and many of his allies in Congress) continue to insist, Bush had a one-word answer: “No.
    On Trump’s takeover of the GOP, Bush was dismissive: “History and the United States has shown these populist movements begin to fritter over time, and so I’m optimistic about democracy.
      On immigration, Bush rejected the approach adopted by Trump to weaponize the issue during his 2016 运动 (“Build the wall!”) and during his time in the White House. “There needs to be an overhaul, which means that we need to get politics out of the system and get sober-minded people focusing on a) what’s best for our economy and b) what’s best for our country,” 他说.
        And on President Joe Biden, who Trump and Republicans have insisted is in the early stages of a socialist takeover of government, Bush was praiseworthy: “He’s off to a good start, it looks like.

        The contraston nearly every issue of import to the countryis stunning. And speaks to how radically the Republican Party and what it stands for has been transformed by Trump’s rise and continued death grip on the GOP.
          What’s remarkable is that Bush wasn’t the head of the Republican Party all that long ago! We’re not talking about someone who led the GOP in the 1970s or 1980s. Bush was president in the 2000sand was the last Republican elected president before Trump won in 2016. Less than a decade separate Bush’s presidency from Trump’s. And yet, Bush’s version of what it means to be a Republican is unrecognizable from where the GOP stands today.
          Remember that Bush ran as a self-proclaimedcompassionate conservative.He repeatedly pushed for comprehensive immigration reform that included a path to citizenship for those in the United States illegally. And perhaps most importantly, he was relentlessly focused on decency and civility in politics and life.
          I’m not sure that respect and civility are a political philosophy so much as they are an understanding of the importance of decency in society, whether in the political arena or how you treat your neighbor. There’s no question we need respect and civility.
          Contrast that with Trump’s repeated assertions that his political opponents were, 除其他事项外, “evil.” 一个例子 (of many): Acquitted by the Senate over impeachment charges related to his handling of the US relationship with Ukraine, Trump used the forum of the National Prayer Breakfast to blast thedishonest and corrupt people who had pushed for his impeachment. He also questioned whether Speaker Nancy Pelosi (加利福尼亚州) actually prayed for him; “Nor do I like people who say, ‘I pray for you,’ when they know that’s not so,” said Trump.
          王牌, 事实上, expressly positioned himselfand his followersas a rejection of the establishment politics that he said the Bushes represented. “We need another Bush in office about as much as we need Obama to have a 3rd term,” Trump tweeted way back in 2013. 在此期间 2016 campaign he would regularly mock Jeb Bush, the younger brother of George W. Bush and the perceived front-runner for the GOP nomination at the start of the race, as out of touch with the current views of the Republican base.
          And the Bushes responded in kind. The late Barbara Bush, the mother of George W. Bush and Jeb Bush, said this in 2016 of Trump: “He doesn’t give many answers to how he would solve problems. He sort of makes faces and says insulting things.Neither George W. Bush nor his wife, 劳拉, voted for Trump in 2016; they both chosenone of the aboveoption, according to a spokesman. Bush didn’t make public who he voted for in 2020 but in the days immediately after the election, as Trump was continuing to contest the results, Bush very publicly congratulated Biden for his victory.
          Though we have political differences, I know Joe Biden to be a good man, who has won his opportunity to lead and unify our country,” Bush said. “The President-elect reiterated that while he ran as a Democrat, he will govern for all Americans. I offered him the same thing I offered Presidents Trump and Obama: my prayers for his success, and my pledge to help in any way I can.
          Bush’s comments that were released on Thursday about the state of the country come in the wake of a series of retirement announcements by Republican senators who closely identified with his preferred interpretation of what it means to be a Republican. The decisions by Sens. 罗伊·布朗特 (密苏里州), 罗伯·波特曼 (俄亥俄), 帕特·图密 (宾夕法尼亚州), 理查德·伯尔 (北卡罗来纳) and even Richard Shelby (阿拉巴马州) suggest that the rise of Trumpismand the resultant decline in Bushismhas made the GOP a place they no longer feel entirely comfortable in.
            Polling suggests that view of those senatorsand the 43rd presidentare in the minority within the party. Trump remains the most popular figure among Republican base voters and the vast majority of party elected officials have avoided any direct criticism out of fear of drawing his ire.
            衬套, who is constitutionally barred from serving as president again, is less constrained.

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