May 5, 2020
President Donald Trump—who just two years ago said that former President George W. Bush was responsible for “the single worst decision ever made” when he invaded Iraq in 2003—is still angry at the 43rd president of the United States for not supporting him during the impeachment trial last December.
That rancor was evident last weekend, when Bush posted a three-minute video on Twitter, asking Americans to come together to defeat the danger posed by COVID-19.
In a the video—which was tweeted from @TheBushCenter at 11:33 a.m. on Saturday, May 2 and entitled @TheCalltoUnite— the former president urged Americans to remember “how small our differences are in the face of this shared threat,” The Hill reports.
“In the final analysis, we are not partisan combatants. We are human beings, equally vulnerable and equally wonderful in the sight of God,” Bush said. “We rise or fall together, and we are determined to rise.”
Iin an early morning tweet on Sunday, May 3, the president called out Bush for his failure to support him as he faced an impeachment trial earlier this year over his alleged dealings with Ukraine. He cited apparent comments from Fox News anchor Pete Hegseth, who asked why Bush didn’t push for “putting partisanship aside” amid the trial.
The House impeached Trump last December for allegedly pressuring Ukraine to open an investigation into his Democratic political rivals. The president was acquitted by the Senate in February.
While Bush never commented publicly on the allegations and the trial, he and other members of his family have voiced criticism of the president and his policies, The Hill noted.
The former president released the video as confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, continued to rise in parts of the U.S. The country has confirmed more than 1.1 million COVID-19 cases and more than 66,000 deaths from it.
“Let’s remember that the suffering we experience as a nation does not fall evenly. In the days to come, it will be especially important to care in practical ways for the elderly, the ill and the unemployed,” he said.
Trump has faced continued scrutiny for his less-than-rapid response to the outbreak, The Hill says. The president in February suggested the virus would suddenly “disappear” and later predicted that everyone who needed a test would have access to one. He’s repeatedly pushed back against concerns from governors about testing and medical equipment shortages.
Research contact: @thehill