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ANALYSIS: The Complicated Legacy Of George W. Bush’s Leadership After 9/11

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20.09.2021

Former President George W. Bush has oddly been praised by liberals and demonized by conservatives since former President Donald Trump took the helm of the Republican Party.

Bush did not toe the party line during the Trump presidency, occasionally calling out Republicans for embracing anti-immigration sentiment and pledging too much fealty to Trump. He’s called the new party nativist, he voted for Condoleezza Rice in the 2020 election and has made numerous pro-refugee, pro-immigrant statements.

As a result, partisan opinions of him seemingly flipped, with Democrats longing for the days of a “respectable Republican” like Bush while the new GOP revolted against his perceived treason against the party. But despite the pivot to nonpartisan observer, the legacy of Bush’s policies post-9/11 remain underwater with everyday Americans. (RELATED: Comparing The State Of The GOP: Post-Trump Vs. Post-Bush)

That dynamic was evident during the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack, when Bush gave a speech in which he honored those who were lost, commended the American spirit and warned against the........

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