One of the more puzzling aspects of the Donald Trump phenomenon is the way this senile old carnival barker manages to get so many powerful people to absolutely demean themselves and their own families in order to secure his political favor. The most infamous example is of course Senator Ted Cruz, who not only fundraised for Trump but became one of his most subservient defenders in the media after the real estate tycoon publicly insulted his wife Heidi Cruz’s appearance — but that may have been surpassed by George P. Bush, who just threw his own parents under the bus.
The son of former Trump rival Jeb! Bush is the latest of the seemingly endless brood of Bush scions trying to ride the family name into a political career. As part of his campaign for Texas Attorney General, George P. Bush released koozies that quoted Donald Trump saying that “This is the only Bush that likes me” and that “This is the Bush that got it right.”
I missed out on the @georgepbush swag yesterday: The koozie says "this is the only Bush that likes me. This is the Bush that got it right. I like him" – Donald Trump #txlege pic.twitter.com/pFTzQCmoRG
— Scott Braddock (@scottbraddock) June 3, 2021
Former president and unindicted war criminal George W. Bush has at times expressed tepid criticisms of Donald Trump, which of course was met with the usual amount of vitriol and spite from the ever-ornery Trump. His brother Jeb was infamously humiliated by Trump on the debate stage and mocked for being “low energy.”
But it appears that George P. is more interested in his own political career than he is in defending his family’s honor. Of course, a little anguish over a family member’s betrayal is the least the Bush family deserves; it’s debatable if there’s a single family in modern history responsible for more chaos, violence, death and hardship than the ruthless elder Bushes and their malleable moron failsons.
NeverTrump dead-enders — many of them still evading accountability for their role in promoting the Iraq War themselves — and political media in general reacted in horror to the latest Trump-inspired disregarding of the Norms, which dictate that we must all Respect The Bushes for being Real Presidents and conveniently forgetting everything they ever did and the millions dead because of them:
-George H.W. Bush voted for Clinton & didn’t want Trump at his funeral
-George W. Bush was famously disturbed by Trump’s inaugural address & cheered his loss in 2020
-Jeb Bush was mocked incessantly by Trump and said he was wrong for the GOP
-George P Bush: here’s a beer holder https://t.co/ifm9ThpM8m
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) June 3, 2021
OMG. If this self-degradation is actually being embraced by the @georgepbush campaign then 1) @JVLast may be right that we should be for @KenPaxtonTX in the primary, and 2) TX Dems should find a strong Red Dog Democrat to run against Paxton or George P. Trump-Bush in the general. https://t.co/itnxdyWUZn
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) June 3, 2021
This is perhaps one of the saddest things I've ever seen in campaign strategies. Glomming onto a mentally-ill malignant narcissist, who delusionally thinks he's still president is not only sad, but disastrous for our country. What happened to the @GOP?@RepLoudermilk https://t.co/bw6xPtowe7
— Charlotte Henry (@CharlotteHenry5) June 3, 2021
Don’t even know where to start. https://t.co/6pM4sR21AQ
— S.V. Dáte (@svdate) June 3, 2021
Gotta wonder what his grandfather would think of this? Or his father for that matter. ("Low energy" Jeb Bush) https://t.co/MDhysJpU48
— Johnny Roast Beef (@JohnDabkovich) June 3, 2021
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.