As former White House Senior advisor Steve Bannon launched an attack on Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) in his address to California Republicans on Friday night, the crowd of Republican donors and activists responded with loud boos and at least one call for the Arizona lawmaker to be hanged, according to a report in The Los Angeles Times.
The crowd at #CAGOP17 just booed George W. Bush and John McCain. “Hang him!” one man yelled about McCain.
— Seema Mehta (@LATSeema) October 21, 2017
The ousted Trump advisor also took a swipe at former President George W. Bush for delivering a speech in which he indirectly chided the Trump administration’s divisive policies of bigotry and lies as contrary to American values.
“President Bush to me embarrassed himself. Speechwriters wrote a highfalutin speech,” Bannon said. “It’s clear he didn’t understand
anything he was talking about. … Just like it was when he was president of the United States.”
He also attacked Bush for allowing China to grow as a world power under the premise that global engagement might shepherd the county toward democracy.
“There’s not been a more destructive presidency than George Bush’s,” Bannon said.
During a rare public appearance at the Bush Institute’s “Spirit of Liberty” forum last week, Bush delivered a wide-sweeping analysis of the current political landscape, touching on Russian cyber-attacks, the tribal warfare of partisan politics, and saving his harshest criticism for the current occupant of the Oval office, without once saying his name.
“Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication,” Bush warned. “And our young people need positive role models. Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry, and compromises the moral education of children.”
“We’ve seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty. At times, it can seem like the forces pulling us apart are stronger than the forces binding us together. Argument turns too easily into animosity. Disagreement escalates into dehumanization,” said the former President. “Too often we judge other groups by their worst examples while judging ourselves by our best intentions, forgetting the image of God we should see in each other. We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism, [and] forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America.”
You can hear calls for Sen. McCain to be hanged at the 4:17 mark, below: