Come for Donald Trump and his former top attack dog, Steve Bannon, will bite back — this is what ex-President George W. Bush has learned the hard way.
Last week, Bannon, who was once Trump’s chief strategist, took part in the 2017 California Republican Party convention in Anaheim and his primary target was Mr. Bush.
The controversial executive chairman of Breitbart News said the former governor of Texas was an embarrassment to the American society and added: “President Bush to me embarrassed himself. Speechwriter wrote a highfalutin speech. It is clear he did not understand anything that he was talking about. He equates the industrial revolution, the agriculture revolution, globalization. He has no earthly idea whether he is coming or going — just like it was when he was president of the United States.”
Many members cheered and applauded the harsh criticism of Mr. Bush.
While others, who deemed it was not a laughing matter to blast Bush, let out loud boos at Bannon.
According to CNN reporters, a significant portion of the crowd stayed silent upon hearing the speech.
Bannon continued to diss Bush by talking about his mental faculties and intelligence.
The right-wing leader added: “It is clear he did not understand anything he was talking about. He has no earthly idea whether he is coming or going, just like it was when he was president of the United States.”
Bannon also threw Arizona Senator and Trump’s sworn nemesis John McCain under the bus in his remarks by saying: “Within the last couple of days — it’s fascinating — and within 24 hours of each other, there were three speeches: President Xi in China, our beloved President George Bush (audience boos) — that’s a piece of work — and John McCain.”
Bannon was responding to a speech given by Bush earlier in the week where he bashed Trump without mentioning his name.
The former president tackled immigration, white supremacy, bullying, fake news and more while at an event at the Bush Institute’s Spirit of Liberty event in New York City.
Bush stated: “Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication. We have seen nationalism distorted into nativism, forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America.”
He added: “We see a fading confidence in the value of free markets and international trade, forgetting that conflict, instability, and poverty follow in the wake of protectionism.Bullying and prejudice in our public life set a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry.”
Bush’s words were received with thunderous applause.