It’s George W. Bush vs. Donald Trump’s GOP

It’s George W. Bush vs. Donald Trump’s GOP 1


George W. Bush has been a consistent Republican voice against the divisive politics of Donald Trump — but is there room for him in today’s GOP? In this latest episode of The Point, CNN’s Chris Cillizza explains why Bush’s self-proclaimed "compassionate conservative" politics don’t exactly line up with where the party is post-Trump.


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81 Comments on "It’s George W. Bush vs. Donald Trump’s GOP"

  1. Do you think George W. Bush is courageous to take a stand against Trump? – Chris

  2. Kris Frederick | March 30, 2021 at 10:16 AM | Reply

    When you make George Dubya Bush seem reasonably intelligent…

  3. Do we really need to talk about the former guy. Now, that we finally fired him? And, it feels so GD good.

  4. Trump’s most lasting legacies will be that he made GW look a lot less dumb and Nixon look a lot less corrupt.

    • @April Campbell not as funny as the joke in the oval office at this time…the US is the laughing stock of the world now..

    • April Campbell | March 30, 2021 at 9:27 PM | Reply

      @Daniyal Virk i thought he did ok. But he had to deal with the Republicans who tried to shut him down. But he got more than trump did. In spite of them with Hillary on his team. Sorry all you haters. That was one of the grump lines. And you know it. That was another one of grump lines. The pig is done he’s going to jail people. He’ll match his orange suite.

    • @Glen Johnson yep

    • @Roxanne Hill You make so many good points but the one that strikes dead center is that political party was irrelevant — I, too, would never have voted for Trump whatever label he was wearing. How can this man have so many fans, or fanatics. He is stupid, vulgar and obviously a nasty human being. It’s not just the question of what voters see in Trump to respect; what does anyone see to like?

    • @soylentdean Who needs facts when you mindlessly mouth slurs? You’re a toot off the old trumpet.

  5. Socially Distant | March 30, 2021 at 10:18 AM | Reply

    When George W. Bush is showing you up, both politically and morally/ethically, you need to take a hard, long look at your life b.

    Edit: lmao it seems I’ve upset the snowflakes. 😂

    • ChibiDevil Chan | March 30, 2021 at 7:07 PM | Reply

      I love how with these types of comments, we always find out how many of them watch their mortal enemy CNN and who the Trump Apologist Snowflakes are.

      Thx OP, it was a good read. Lmao

    • @TRUMP 2024
      I’d rank Trump as Worst ever, followed by Nixon and then Dubya.

    • @Belly Dancer Em So how do you make enough money to save for your retirement as a “belly dancer”? You know nobody’s going to want to see your old, wrinkly belly when you hit 50 right? Don’t expect us to support you because you made a poor career choice.

    • @Christopher Green yeah in your mind I guess he shot them all single handedly. The CCP are totally innocent. Sure BTW I got some bridges for sale from London. Did Cumo help with the nursing homes. How about those thousands hitting the border every week?

    • April Campbell | March 30, 2021 at 9:30 PM | Reply

      @Mike Rivera right. He isn’t a bad guy. He just got personal with it.

  6. Oracle Of Delphi | March 30, 2021 at 10:35 AM | Reply

    It’s like Jekyll and Hyde, but written by Marvel Comics.

  7. Haya Glamazon | March 30, 2021 at 10:43 AM | Reply

    This episode of the Point was edited well. Good episode.

    • Travel Crawl | March 30, 2021 at 7:04 PM | Reply

      Who? Oh wait, the guy who STOLED the election from Al Gore. The Bush family is just as toxic as the Dumps.

      More revisionist history and fake news from the Chinese News Network. 🤣

  8. Bush. I never thought a worse person could be elected president in my lifetime. Man, I was so wrong.

    • Travel Crawl | March 30, 2021 at 7:11 PM | Reply

      @Rod can’t imagine what you must think of criminally insane and racist Dump.

    • The worst of ANY Country. And he brainwashed millions of Americans to embrace hatred.

    • Yeah blackwater scandal, two illegal wars, 911, cheneys halliburton, etc….

    • John Wimmers | March 30, 2021 at 9:23 PM | Reply

      @1984 THEBEGINING Trump made things worse in America than necessary. Go back to 2018 when he abolished the Pandemic Response Team. Or the first time he told America about the Pandemic, he lied about how bad it could be. He followed that up with 6 months of lies about the Pandemic.

    • Bush is way worse lmao

  9. Logan Daniels | March 30, 2021 at 11:24 AM | Reply

    Yeah, Jr. knows all about “allegedly stolen” elections.

  10. Robert Metzger | March 30, 2021 at 11:41 AM | Reply

    Simply put, on all levels, he GOP is a lost cause.

  11. I’ve literally seen Trump supporters refer to Bush as a communist. Shows you how completely off the wall they are.

  12. Its weird, but W Bush has never seemed like the man to make the decisions he did. He got a very unique historical moment and that made him what he was. Now that he is an ex-president, I actually like him.

    • Bush has killed the USA with the Iraq war.
      Trump is just the result of the dying of the USA.
      Like a fart of a corpse.

    • Major Moolah – Bush took too much advice from his father’s neocon friends. Trump wouldn’t take any advice.

    • Belly Dancer Em | March 30, 2021 at 7:57 PM | Reply

      @J Groovy and they were both shitshows

    • While his presidency after his 9/11 surge wasn’t great and average at best, you know Bush is a good and genuine person. Just as Carter wasn’t a very good president, he is a great man.

    • @Vlad the Inhaler not as much as the decisions of Trump throughout Covid which lead to hundred of thousands of deaths that were avoidable.

  13. Napoléon I Bonaparte | March 30, 2021 at 11:58 AM | Reply

    The “Jeb!” will forever haunt Jeb!

  14. Alex Youngberg | March 30, 2021 at 12:37 PM | Reply

    *Wait.. so when republicans have no political future they come back to reality..? I for one am SHOCKED!*

    • Wait till 2022 and 2024 …. You will REALLY be shocked LOL

    • I actually don’t think they will ever come back to reality. They seem to keep doubling down on the whole white male thing. I say that as a white male myself, but they seem to be out of touch with the idea that to win elections nowadays (at least the popular vote) you need to try to appeal to more than just white males.

  15. There’s a famous video where John McCain was booed for not insulting Barack Obama

  16. My graduate training was as a contextualist. That is, viewing how things turn out as not being due to something inherent to them or to unique idiosyncratic influences, but rather to broader context that can often escape the naked eye. George Bush had the luxury of being president during a pre-cellphone, pre-Twitter and pre-Facebook era, when more people got their news from newspapers and the dreaded mainstream media than from Youtube videos and 140-character off-the-cuff sarcastic slags. We tend to overlook how large an impact that has had on what passes for both “news” and political discourse.

  17. The Flame Fist God | March 30, 2021 at 3:12 PM | Reply

    Remember when John mccain was booed for respecting his opponent in the 2009 presidential election

  18. Esdras Vincent | March 30, 2021 at 4:18 PM | Reply

    I love that Mermaid Man clip, man that brings me back 🤣

  19. Michael Robinson | March 30, 2021 at 6:29 PM | Reply

    Good Points! Thank you! Mic’21 ADOS South

  20. Good piece Chris. Cheers

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