George W. Bush donated to two Republican Congresswomen, who voted for Donald Trump’s impeachment over the Jan 6th riot at Capitol.
The revelation comes via Politico, which reports that maximum allowable amounts were donated by Bush to Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Senator Lisa Murkowski’s (R-AK) re-election campaigns late last year.
The outlet reports that while Bush has donated in the past to numerous Republican candidates, the $5,800 to Cheney and $2,900 to Murkowski appear to be his “first donations of 2021” and “are significant in their symbolism.”
After voting in favor for a second impeachment, former President Trump endorsed both Cheney and Murkowski as primary challengers. This is after the two men voted to incite the Capitol riot.
George W. Bush’s Only 2021 Campaign Donations Were to Anti-Trump Republicans https://t.co/clVKLi0XUL
— PETER MAER (@petermaer) February 1, 2022
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Liz Cheney is the daughter of Bush’s vice president, Dick Cheney, and as such, it may not come as much of a surprise that the former President donated to her campaign.
FEC records indicate that his contribution to Murkowski’s campaign, which was long considered more liberal Republican than he is, has been the first.
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Trump supported Kelly Tshibaka, a Republican in Alaska, and also supported Harriet Hageman (a Wyoming lawyer running against Cheney).
Hageman tried to stop Trump from getting the Republican nomination in 2016, and called him “racist and xenophobic.”
NEW: A video from April 2016 shows Liz Cheney’s Trump-backed primary Harriet Hageman rebuking Trump and enthusiastically endorsing Cheney for Congress. Hageman even mentions the Trump opposition to her Cheney endorsement. https://t.co/W4YhR0yzxV pic.twitter.com/Cu3aBKsyWN
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) September 30, 2021
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Bush attended a fundraising event for Liz Cheney in October, despite the fact that her sole platform at present is continuous opposition to and criticism of Donald Trump.
The former President was joined by former Bush advisers Karl Rove, Karen Hughes and former U.S. Ambassador to NATO, Kay Bailey Hutchison.
SCOOP: Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) Next month, President George W. Bush will host a fundraising event.
Signals Cheney hugging Bush world ties while in exile with the Trump-wing.
Event will be held in Dallas on Oct. 18 w/ some other familiar names… Rove, Miers… pic.twitter.com/aDAKyUKmKO
— Olivia Beavers (@Olivia_Beavers) September 22, 2021
After learning about the fundraising, Trump made a scathing statement against Rove and Bush.
“RINO former President George ‘Dubya’ Bush and his flunky Karl Rove are endorsing warmongering and very low polling, Liz Cheney,” the statement read.
Trump went on to say Bush’s ‘stupid’ actions in the Middle East resulted in decades-long wars with no clear objective and astronomical costs.
“Bush is the one who got us into the quicksand of the Middle East and, after spending trillions of dollars and killing nearly a million people, the Middle East was left in worse shape after 21 years than it was when he started his stupidity,” he said.
Biden was responsible for the disastrous August withdrawal of Afghanistan from his foreign policy missteps.
President Trump on RINO former President George “Dubya” Bush. 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/b11VpqDf5y
— Teresa AnnMarie (@TeresaFreeThink) September 23, 2021
Conservatives and Trump supporters have found Cheney to be irritant. They praise Cheney for being a hero for the country after the January 6th Capitol Riot.
“President Bush is impressed by Liz Cheney’s strength and vision, and he’s proud to support her,” a spokesman for Bush told CNBC in September.
Cheney was not the only one to express outrage about the January 6th riot.
“It did make me sick. I felt ill. And I just couldn’t believe it,” Bush said. “What’s really troubling is how much misinformation there is and the capacity of people to spread all kinds of untruth.”
He even seemed to equate Trump supporters at the Capitol to Islamic extremists who carried out 9/11 – on the 20th anniversary of the attacks that took place when he was President.
Former President George W. Bush: “We have seen growing evidence that the dangers to our country can come not only across borders but from violence that gathers within. There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home…” pic.twitter.com/qIoGV9fzsw
— CSPAN (@cspan) September 11, 2021
“There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home,” Bush said.
“But in their disdain for pluralism, in their disregard for human life, in their determination to defile national symbols, they are children of the same foul spirit.”
Bush supports Never Trump Republicans but has also stated that he’d like to see a Republican presidential candidate in 2024. He is pro-gun control, and pro-amnesty.
“Bush remained hopeful that a more moderate Republican — one who supported reasonable gun reform measures, increased public school funding and a path to citizenship for undocumented workers … could succeed in the party’s 2024 presidential primary,” Politico reported.