New York Magazine
On Saturday, former president George W. Bush released a video calling for national unity during a pandemic that has killed at least 67,000 Americans. “Let us remember how small our differences are in the face of this shared threat,” Bush said, over shots of people bonding between a pane of glass and providing for the elderly. “We are not partisan combatants, we are human beings … we rise and fall together, and we are determined to rise.”
But calls for unity contradict President Trump’s electoral message. Though the video did not mention the president by name and steered clear of controversies like reopening protests, the president found an opportunity to attack his predecessor for his call of national healing. Citing a comment from Fox News’ Pete Hegseth wondering why Bush did not call for an end to partisanship during the impeachment process, Trump tweeted:
.@PeteHegseth “Oh bye the way, I appreciate the message from former President Bush, but where was he during Impeachment calling for putting partisanship aside.” @foxandfriends He was nowhere to be found in speaking up against the greatest Hoax in American history!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2020