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Trump gets criticized from unlikely predecessor

by Lou Venditti - New Editor
Tue, Oct 24th 2017 09:00 pm

In our current political climate, many yearn for better days. The Obama Administration is coming up on a year removed, but another former president has been popping back into the news lately. 

Former President George W. Bush had a couple of comments on President Donald Trump and the political divide in America this past week. 

Without ever explicitly saying Trump’s name, Bush had some heavy comments aimed towards the current American political climate. 

“Bigotry seems emboldened,” Bush said. “Our politics seem more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.”

Bush is right. For one thing, since the rise of Trump, the label of fake news has been thrown around more than a football on Thanksgiving. However, Bush’s comments come as a kind of “no duh” statement, the kind of statement that someone makes just to make themselves look good in light of the current state of the issues.

One must be reminded of the weapons of mass destruction lie the Bush administration fed the American people. As a precursor to the Iraq War, Bush’s administration firmly believed in a threat of weapons of mass destruction in the hands of Saddam Hussein. 

Well, it turned out there were no weapons of mass destruction and the entire $2.4 trillion war was built on a lie. It was a fabricated theory to gain acceptance for the invasion which cost the lives of thousands of American troops over the amount of time the war took place.

“We’ve seen nationalism divided into nativism,” Bush said. “We’ve seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty… Arguments turn too easily to animosity.”

Most of Bush’s headlining comments against the current administration seem like they could easily go against Bush’s own handling of his presidency. We cannot afford to look back on the Bush administration with rose-colored lenses just because our current administration is wholly unprecedented- things have always been this bad, and Bush was easily one of the worst presidents the United States has seen.

Let’s not forget that Bush pioneered No Child Left Behind, leaving the education of millions of students in the hands of private testing companies. Bush was the cause of hundreds of thousands of civilians deaths on his crusade to find Al Qaeda in the Middle East—like finding a needle in a haystack. Bush also entirely botched the Hurricane Katrina relief effort, which is on par with Trump’s treatment of the Puerto Rico situation sans disrespectful tweets. 

The resurgence in Bush critics doesn’t just come from the left. Noted conspiracy theorist and breitbart.com founder Steve Bannon came out recently and said Bush was the worst president the United States has ever seen, per CNN. Bannon went on a mouthy tirade against the former president.

“We have never seen a presidency as destructive as George W. Bush,” Bannon said during a speech to the California Republican Party.

Bannon went on to say that Bush had no idea what he was talking about. It’s like the pot calling the kettle black, except Bannon is correct- as of right now, Bush had the most destructive presidency we’ve seen in the United States, and wildly enough, he got eight years to fiddle around as he pleased.

The fact that Bush was re-elected is one of the most alarming things about his presidency, and one we need to keep an eye on today. Bush was egregiously evil, and I’m sure most people saw it. 

He went into the Middle East and ravaged it, completely destabilising it to the point where they can’t even get their feet under them 10 years later. 

Bush was a total idiot, causing the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, and he was re-elected.

Trump is well on his way to killing hundreds of thousands of people. The North Korea situation seems to advance by the day. One must ask, if the United States gets involved with armed conflict with North Korea, does that mean Trump will be re-elected come 2020?

 

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