Yesterday, in his article on Donald Trump, Jeff Lord noted that the real estate mogul and reality TV icon went on New York 1 shortly after Barack Obama’s election and described President Bush as “maybe the worst president in the history of this country.”
Yet it was hardly the first time that Trump had spoken of Bush in those terms. During an appearance on Fox & Friends in September 2007, Trump said called Bush “a terrible President, perhaps the worst president in the history of this country.”
It should be noted that Trump’s appearance coincided with the opening of the UN General Assembly where both President Bush and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad were scheduled to speak. Consider what Trump had to say about the Bush Administration’s approach to Iran:
Maybe the President, instead of saying let’s not even see this guy, maybe he should be negotiating with him, maybe he should be talking with him.
Upon hearing that, Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doucy asked Trump with regard to Ahmadinejad, “Do you think he’s mentally stable?” Trump replied, “Who are you talking about? The President?” To which Doucy retorted, “Of Iran.” Trump said he did not think Ahmadinejad was mentally unstable and, in fact, called him “smart like a fox.”
So not only was Trump comparing Bush unfavorably to Obama, he was also comparing him unfavorably to Ahmadinejad, a sworn enemy of the United States. But of equal importance is that Trump’s position on Iran was identical to that of then Senator Obama.
Earlier that year, Trump also accused President Bush of lying about WMDs in Iraq when he appeared on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer:
Everything in Washington has been a lie. WMD was a total lie. It was a way of attacking Iraq which he (Bush) thought was going to be easy and it turned out to be the exact opposite of easy.
During both TV appearances Trump also made a point of stating that Saddam Hussein “hated terrorists.” I am not exactly sure which terrorists Trump is talking about. After all, Saddam gave refuge to Abu Nidal and Abu Abbas, the mastermind of the 1985 Achille Lauro hijacking. During the hijacking, Abbas’ thugs shot and killed Leon Klinghoffer, a wheelchair bound elderly Jew, at point blank range and had him thrown overboard. Let us also not forget that Saddam gave $25,000 apiece to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers. Trump’s ignorance here is breathtaking.
Believe me when I say I want someone other than Barack Obama to be sworn into office on January 20, 2013. Donald Trump’s devil may care attitude may have convinced some Republicans that he is the only one standing between President Obama and a second term. But those who are entertaining giving their support to Trump should strongly consider the tunes he was singing while President Bush was in office.