You know, we don’t quite get it.
You’d think, in this age of “Orange Man Bad,” that the leftists on Twitter would be ready to embrace someone like George W. Bush – a man who has gone out of his way to make it clear that he is NOT on the same page as Donald J. Trump. You’d think that the entire Bush family would be sudden darlings of the left. Perhaps not through political similarities, but c’mon, the enemy of my enemy and all that, right? Trump is a unique, once-in-ten-generations threat to democracy and freedom and the American way, right? He’s the Third Antichrist, prophesied by Nostradamus. He’s the embodiment of pure evil, and he must be stopped by any means necessary? Wouldn’t Bush be a natural ally in that mission?
We’ll have to think on it.
In the meantime, though, leftist Twitter is going nuts because Ellen DeGeneres was photographed sitting next to Bush at a Dallas Cowboys game on Sunday. The mob really went nuts when Ellen had the temerity to refer to Bush as a “friend” during her monologue on Monday.
“When we were invited, I was aware that I was going to be surrounded with people from very different views and beliefs. And I’m not talking about politics… I was rooting for the Packers,” DeGeneres joked. “So I had to hide my cheese hat in Portia’s purse.”
But she told her audience that not everyone was happy to see this portrait in across-the-political-divide friendship.
“People were upset,” DeGeneres said. “They thought, why is a gay Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative Republican president? A lot of people were mad. And they did what people do when they’re mad: they tweet.”
But Ellen said she wasn’t backing down to the hate mob.
“Here’s the thing: I’m friends with George Bush. In fact, I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have,” DeGeneres continued. “We’re all different and I think that we’ve forgotten that that’s okay that we’re all different. But just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not going to be friends with them.”
What an amazing, novel concept. Gee, you can be friends with someone who disagrees with you politically? You don’t have to consider them some kind of inhumane devil just because you hold different views? Weird.
And that, of course, brings us back to that assumption we made about Bush and the left being natural allies during these unique times. And now we see where we went wrong in our calculation. See, these AREN’T unique times, not really. Not because of Trump, anyway. That’s just gaslighting on the part of the left. They want us to think, oh, if this was President Jeb Bush or President Rand Paul or President Ted Cruz, things would be different. But they wouldn’t. A bit calmer, perhaps, because Trump has that kind of personality, but would the left hate any of those men any less? We doubt it.
They hate conservatism, not Trump. They hate right-wing thought, not Trump. They hate YOU, not Trump. Just look at the way they characterized Bush and Cheney. Look at the way they still talk about Reagan. Look at what they did to Kavanaugh. None of this is new. It just has a new coat of paint on it.