Numerous present and former Republican politicians have voiced their opinion on the killing of George Floyd. Senators like Tim Scott, Ted Cruz and Ben Sasse demanded justice for the man. Even arch Conservative pundits like Jeanine Pirro and Rush Limbaugh said that couldn’t understand the officer’s actions.
And on Tuesday, George W. Bush made a statement on the killing of the Minneapolis man, calling it a shocking failure. While he did not mention Donald Trump at any point, the President still took the missive as an insult. Trump recently shot back at the 43rd President, saying he’s done way more for the African American community.
Bush’s statement read, “Laura and I are anguished by the brutal suffocation of George Floyd and disturbed by the injustice and fear that suffocate our country. Yet we have resisted the urge to speak out, because this is not the time for us to lecture. It is time for us to listen. It is time for America to examine our tragic failures — and as we do, we will also see some of our redeeming strengths.”
The 43rd President continued, “We love our neighbors as ourselves when we treat them as equals, in both protection and compassion. There is a better way — the way of empathy, and shared commitment, and bold action, and a peace rooted in justice. I am confident that together, Americans will choose the better way.”
An angry Trump responded via Twitter. He wrote, “My Admin has done more for the Black Community than any President since Abraham Lincoln. Passed Opportunity Zones with Senator Tim Scott, guaranteed funding for HBCU’s, School Choice, passed Criminal Justice Reform, lowest Black unemployment, poverty, and crime rates in history.”
All of Trump’s claims don’t seem to be helping. His approval ratings with black voters typically run between 20-30%.
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.