Former President George W. Bush has never been a supporter of President Donald Trump and he has not shied away from making it known. He has not forgotten the way Trump unceremoniously disposed of his brother, Jeb Bush, early in the 2016 Republican Party primary, but much of it is on principle.
Bush has not join the chorus of Never Trumpers, just like he did during Obama’s time in office, Bush chose not to interfere with the course of events by injecting his opinions, let alone organizing behind the scenes.
Speaking in New York in October of 2017, Bush attacked Trump without naming him, telling the audience, “Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrications.”
Later in that speech, speaking about the scourge of growing violence and hate speech by the alt right, he said, “People of every race, religion, and ethnicity can be fully and equally American. It means that bigotry or white supremacy in any form is blasphemy against the American creed.”
Bush has now hit directly at Trump while speaking at a global summit in Abu Dhabi, particularly his refusal to protect DACA “DREAMers” from probable deportation.
“America’s their home,” he said. “They’ve got to get it fixed.”
“There are people willing to do jobs that Americans won’t do,” he added. “Americans don’t want to pick cotton at 105 degrees, but there are people who want put food on their family’s tables and are willing to do that. We ought to say thank you and welcome them.”
Bush also told his hosts, “there’s pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled” in the 2016 presidential election, a claim that flies in the face of Trump’s consistent refusal to criticize the Kremlin or condemn Russian President Vladimir Putin for orchestrating the hacking and fake news operation he benefitted from.
Bush wasn’t done. Speaking specifically of Putin, he observed that the Russian dictator, “has a chip on his shoulder.”
“The reason he does is because of the demise of the Soviet Union troubles him. Therefore, much of his moves (are) to regain Soviet hegemony.”