Bush Sr.’s brand of conservatism paved the way for Trump — here’s the real reason right-wingers hate hearing it | Alternet

Bush Sr.’s brand of conservatism paved the way for Trump — here’s the real reason right-wingers hate hearing it | Alternet

It’s an understandable urge. Nostalgia is a powerful weapon, and the argument that our current situation is the result of clean break from a more noble past is a powerful one. But it’s also a misleading claim. Trump is the direct result of decades of Republican politicians embracing racial demagoguery and culture war hysterics to create political support that they’d never get by running on an agenda of tax breaks for the rich and deregulation. It’s a matter of historical fact that Bush played a major role in this.

So I took to Twitter to remind my largely liberal following of this, pointing out some historical facts about Bush: He had appointed an accused sexual predator to the Supreme Court, that he had switched from pro-choice to anti-choice out of political expedience, and he had hired Roger Ailes to help run a political campaign that relied heavily on race-baiting. The point, I hoped, was clear: These are allliterally things Trump also did. Bush helped lay the groundwork for Trump’s rise.

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