Bush Video, Trump Response Shine Light on Hyperpartisanship

Headline Roundup May 5th, 2020

Former President George W. Bush's viral video calling for unity — and current President Donald Trump's reaction to it — have made major news nationwide, sparking discussions about the state of hyperpartisanship in the United States and nostalgic reflections on the politics of past eras.

Many former Bush critics applauded the video, which was shared on May 2. Most left-rated outlets and voices focused on Trump's negative response to the video; some right-rated voices argued that Bush's offenses as president were worse than those of Trump, while offering support for the current president's criticisms of the former.

From the Left
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Former President George W. Bush says Americans should come together as one to confront the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed the lives of over 66,000 in the country so far.

In a video released on Saturday, the 43rd U.S. president said, “We are not partisan combatants. We’re human beings, equally vulnerable and equally wonderful in the sight of God.”

Bush’s presidential center posted the message on Twitter, tagging @TheCallToUnite, a livestream for celebrities and public figures to post encouraging videos during the pandemic.

It got the Republican, who left office...

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From the Left
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This past Saturday, former President George W. Bush released a brief video whose subtweeted message was unmistakable. It recognized the suffering of those who had lost family members, or economic prospects, or hope itself; it emphasized the all of us rather than the us and them response to national crisis; and it appealed to the generous rather than the resentful in human nature.

In short, it was the kind of message that leaders of any nation have been expected to transmit, as part of their duty, in time of national...

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From the Right
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President Trump criticized former President George W. Bush’s call to put aside partisanship amid coronavirus but not during the impeachment proceedings of Mr. Trump.

Mr. Bush published a video message on Saturday urging unity amid the coronavirus’ outbreak, which received 4 million views on Twitter as of Sunday morning.

.@PeteHegseth “Oh bye the way, I appreciate the message from former President Bush, but where was he during Impeachment calling for putting partisanship aside. @foxandfriends He was nowhere to be found in speaking up against the greatest Hoax in American...

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