It’s no secret Donald Trump’s detractors on the campaign trail included key members of the Republican’s own elite guard.
This included former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Sen. John McCain, the whole staff it seemed of National Review – and their honcho team of contributing writers – and, of course, former President George H.W. Bush.
So when Trump won, it was with interest the world of Trump supporters looked at these elitists for reaction.
Would they attend the inauguration? Would they support his presidency? Would they stop criticizing him in public?
Well, George H.W. Bush just had a heart attack – so it’s obvious he’s not attending the big event on Friday. But the graciousness in which he explained and declined was soon made public, and for those who were distressed over the Republican-eat-Republican world that was created under Trump’s campaign, the tone and content is both welcome and comforting.
“My doctor says if I sit outside in January, it will likely put me six feet under,” Bush wrote, in a letter to Trump that opened “Dear Donald” and was dated January 10, the Independent Journal Review reported. “But we will be with you and the country in spirit. I want you to know that I wish you the very best.”
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) January 18, 2017
During campaign season, it seemed like it was Trump Target Practice Time, and the game was open to Democrats and Republicans both. Seriously, how many Republican-In-Name-Onlys made their big debut on the Trump campaign trail? How many elitist GOPeres tipped their elitist, arrogant hands to an unaware populace?
Americans were sick and tired of the hubris of Obama and in part, that’s why Trump was elected. But Americans were distressed to see so many Republicans turn on one of their own party members, and eventual party winners.
So, to see a letter of elegance and grace from one who once criticized the president-elect, even if it’s a letter declining a near-royal invitation, is an about-time moment for so many that will likely help heal some of the political wounds that tore the country in recent months.
Bring on the bright future!
Source: Independent Journal Review