Every time Donald Trump opens his mouth, someone should shout, “wrong!” If his lips are moving, he’s lying. A former president has some words of advice for “Donnie boy.” He should listen carefully. Becoming ‘presidential’ begins with one step at a time.
Our 43rd president, George W. Bush talked about Trump’s travel ban, and his lack of a relationship with the legitimate press.
“I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy,” Bush said. “We need an independent media to hold people like me to account.
“Power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive and it’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse power, whether it be here or elsewhere,” he added.
Bush noted that during his presidency, he encouraged Vladimir Putin and others to allow a free press.
“It’s kind of hard to tell others to have an independent free press when we’re not willing to have one ourselves.”
As the interview continued on the “Today Show,” Bush also suggested that a ‘special prosecutor’ should be assigned to investigate the alleged connection between Putin and Trump.
He had this to say about Trump’s Muslim ban.
“I think it’s very important for all of us to recognize one of our great strengths is for people to be able to worship the way they want to or to not worship at all,” Bush said. “A bedrock of our freedom is the right to worship freely.”
“I understood right off the bat that this was an ideological conflict and people who murder the innocent are not religious people — they want to advance an ideology and we have faced those kinds of ideologues in the past,” he added.
Pressed to state clearly whether he supports or opposes the ban, Bush would only say “I am for an immigration policy that’s welcoming and upholds the law.”
It is no secret that Trump frightens me. His policies are diametrically opposed to my America. Although I have never been a fan of George W. Bush, when he uses common sense, and he criticizes a sitting illegitimate president, ever so gently, I offer my praise for doing something no Republican in Washington has the courage to do.
A final question; why are Republican politicians afraid of the bully infesting the White House? I am aware that their only goal is reelection, but Trump’s extremely low approval ratings should tell them something about their own future.
By James Turnage
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