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George W. Bush Denounces Trump's Threats, and Race-Baiter Steve King Loses His Primary

Bush execrates Trump. Former Republican President George W. Bush released a statement yesterday condemning Donald Trump's threats against George Floyd protesters, while not specifically denouncing Trump by name. He didn't have to.

Washington Post: "The statement by the nation’s 43rd president does not mention Trump, but his call for compassion and unity presents a stark contrast to the current president’s more inflammatory rhetoric."
“The only way to see ourselves in a true light is to listen to the voices of so many who are hurting and grieving,” Bush said. “Those who set out to silence those voices do not understand the meaning of America — or how it becomes a better place.”
“We can only see the reality of America’s need by seeing it through the eyes of the threatened, oppressed, and disenfranchised,” he added."

It may not be a coincidence that on Monday former officials from the Bush administration announced the formation of "43 Alumni For Biden," a super PAC to support former Vice President Joe Biden’s White House bid. Certainly President Bush would have been made aware of the effort to unseat Trump because it's certain to draw the current President's ire.

Steve King loses primary in Iowa. Steve King represented the 4th District in Iowa for 18 years, but that came to an end yesterday when Republican primary voters signaled that they had seen enough. The 4th is one of the whitest, most conservative districts in America, and one that Donald Trump won by 27 points in 2016. However, even those voters seem to have tired of King's race-baiting.

Washington Post: "The key issues in King’s race have been years in the making. He lost his House committee assignments in January 2019 after questioning in a New York Times interview why the terms “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” should be considered offensive. It was perhaps the most egregious in a long record of pointed comments demeaning minorities, immigrants and multiculturalism, punctuated by dealings with far-right European activists."

If one is looking to find something positive to say about King's tenure in the House, you might note that while he was a xenophobe, racist, and homophobe, at least he owned up to it. King chalked up his defeat to "an effort to push out the strongest voice for full-spectrum constitutional, Christian conservatism” in Congress."

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By: Don Lam & Curated Content

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