On Sunday, a day after former President George W. Bush shared a video calling on Americans to unite in the struggle against Coronavirus, President Donald Trump criticized Bush for not speaking out during his impeachment case.
Trump, appearing to reference comments by Fox News host Pete Hegseth, asked where Bush’s message of unity was during his impeachment. The impeachment trial, which ultimately resulted in Trump being found not guilty, was ongoing through early February as the coronavirus outbreak expanded beyond China and cases emerged in the U.S.
.@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
Trump’s comments followed a video, shared by the George W. Bush Presidential Center, in which Bush said “we cannot allow physical separation to become emotional isolation. This requires us not only to be compassionate, but creative in our outreach.”
Trump was alleged of pressuring the Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, amid claims Biden had himself intervened in a Ukrainian investigation against a gas company for which his son Hunter Biden worked.
In his video, Bush also said “let us 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.”
If someone is going to call for unity, then let’s do it all the time and not just when it’s convenient or fits the “narrative of the day”.