- Joe Biden has taken a small but critical lead over Donald Trump in the 2020 election.
- Trump’s waning support from Republicans is showing in the polls.
- When George W. Bush lost to Barack Obama in 2008, he showed us something that Donald Trump lacks: basic human decency and respect for democracy.
He infringed upon our privacy rights. He declared war on a faulty premise. He allowed torture. He guided us into a devastating recession. And yet, George W. Bush somehow looks like a great man compared to Donald Trump.
As Joe Biden ekes out leads in key battleground states, it’s clear why more and more Republicans have had enough.
And Trump has done nothing but validate their concerns since the vote counting started. Unlike Trump, George W. Bush at least believed in the basic tenets of democracy.
And he at least seems like he might be a decent person.
George W. Bush Gracefully Bows Out
As George W. Bush’s tenure as president sputtered to an end in 2008, there was hope that John McCain would keep the Republican party in power. He failed epically, as Barack Obama snagged more than double the electoral votes.
But check out Bush’s speech after Obama won:
Did you hear that? He “congratulated” Obama on an “impressive” victory.
He gracefully accepted defeat, and he even attempted to unite the country.
No matter how they cast their ballots, all Americans can be proud of the history that was made yesterday… They showed a watching world the vitality of America’s democracy and the strides we have made to a more perfect union.
He called Obama’s victory an “uplifting” example of the strides we’ve made for civil rights.
And perhaps most importantly, George Bush said:
During this time of transition, I will keep the president-elect fully informed on important decisions.
And then we have John McCain’s concession speech:
Despite boos from the crowd, he said Obama “commands his respect.” He said he recognized the importance of that election and acknowledged “the special si