“George W. Bush sends holiday card with pointed message as Trump denies election loss,” reads the headline.
The ‘pointed message’ appears to be an image of the Statue of Liberty titled, “Beacon of Hope, 2020.”
The artwork is from a collection that celebrates immigrants.
Here is CNN’s explanation for why this is a shot at President Trump:
“The painting and its title come from a former President who has in the past leveled veiled criticism against Trump’s immigration policies and was one of the first Republican figures to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden on his election win.
Bush’s choice to make the Statue of Liberty central to his card is symbolic of his past critiques of Trump.
The statue was often one of the first sights that new immigrants to America would see as they entered New York Harbor and contains a poem by Emma Lazarus that is famous for its phrase, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
Yes, that’s right. CNN thinks an image of the Statue of Liberty is a criticism of Donald Trump. While they also seem incapable – still – of understanding the difference between legal immigration and illegal immigration.
A helpful analogy for those still uncertain of the difference – one can walk into a bank and choose to either withdraw money legally or illegally, the latter of which will get you thrown in jail.
Former President George W. Bush has sent out holiday cards with a pointed message about a hopeful new year as President Trump continues to deny his election loss https://t.co/fMugcihNRm
— CNN (@CNN) December 17, 2020
George W. Bush’s Christmas Card
CNN also seems to link the “Beacon of Hope” message itself is for Trump, who has been unwilling to submit to what he believes is a fraudulent election.
“The holiday card from the only living former Republican president comes as Trump and his GOP allies continue to deny his election loss even after the Electoral College on Monday affirmed Biden’s win,” they write.
Is George W Bush the most skilled painter among presidents?
By the way, Pres Bush is using his Statue of Liberty painting for a Christmas Card.
Could there be a message about America’s history of welcoming immigrants + an unstated criticism of the current President’s approach? pic.twitter.com/YfrJRoJNgb
— Larry Jacobs (@larryrjacobs) December 18, 2020
Bush Has Taken Plenty of Shots at Trump in the Past
Don’t get us wrong, it’s not that former President George W. Bush has been unwilling to level criticism at Trump in the past, it’s just that drawing a line, in this case, seems rather ridiculous.
This past May, Bush made a rare public statement to address the nation during the coronavirus pandemic, calling for an end to partisanship.
The comments made President Trump wonder just where the heck the former President was while Democrats were unfairly savaging him for the previous four years.
The President quoted Fox News personality Pete Hegseth in a tweet Sunday stating, “Oh by the way, I appreciate the message from former President Bush, but where was he during Impeachment calling for putting partisanship aside?”
Trump added his own thoughts: “He was nowhere to be found in speaking up against the greatest Hoax in American history!”
.@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
Come to think of it, where was Bush’s ‘Beacon of Hope’ message when Barack Obama and his administration were throwing kids in cages?
Bush went after President Trump at a speech delivered in New York City in 2017, leaving no doubt about how he felt toward the new administration at the time.
Without mentioning him by name, Bush picked apart numerous aspects of a new attitude in America under Trump – and it’s clear he’s not a fan.
“Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone,” Bush said, and “provides permission for cruelty and bigotry.”
He also surmised that in today’s America, “Bigotry seems emboldened; our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.”
Bush also attacked the ‘America first’ concept, calling it “isolationist sentiments” and lamented that “we’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism.”
He added that under Trump, our nation has “forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America.”
President George W Bush in NYC: “We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism…we need to recall and recover our own identity” pic.twitter.com/dsiSkFzEVp
— Pat Ward (@WardDPatrick) October 19, 2017
Perhaps if George W. Bush wants to know what a ‘Beacon of Hope’ is, he should speak to his nephew, George P. Bush, current Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office.
George Prescott Bush explained why Trump is a beacon of light against socialism and communism in a comments he made explaining why he would be voting for him over Joe Biden.
“President Trump is the only thing standing between America and socialism,” the younger Bush explained.
Thank you George, great honor! https://t.co/1WzkcvLpnR
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 10, 2020
Hard to remain a ‘beacon of hope’ when the one man preventing socialism from coming to America is about to be replaced by a guy who warned the country was going to enter a “very dark winter.”
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