President Trump lashed out against George W. Bush after the former Republican president called on Americans to push partisanship aside amid the coronavirus outbreak.
In a three-minute video shared on Twitter on Saturday, Bush urged Americans to remember “how small our differences are in the face of this shared threat.”
“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.”
Trump took to Twitter on Sunday morning to call out Bush for not supporting him as he faced an impeachment trial earlier this year over his alleged dealings with Ukraine. Trump cited apparent comments from Fox News anchor Pete Hegseth, who asked why Bush didn’t push for “putting partisanship aside” amid the trial.
“He was nowhere to be found in speaking up against the greatest Hoax in American history,” Trump said.
.@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
“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,” reports The Hill.
The former president invoked the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in his video message which has already been viewed more than 5 million times, noting that the U.S. has faced “times of testing before.”
“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.
— George W. Bush Presidential Center (@TheBushCenter) May 2, 2020