After spending the past decade largely removed from politics, former President George W. Bush is stepping back into the spotlight to campaign for Republican hopefuls prior to the 2018 midterm elections.
The 43rd president commenced his campaigning circuit Wednesday morning at a private event in Fort Worth, Texas, for Republican Rep. Will Hurd, Politico reports. On Friday, Bush will host two fund-raisers in Florida for its governor, Rick Scott, who is now running for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson. Polling indicates that the race is a virtual tie, just 55 days before election day.
Next week, Bush will come back to Texas for a pair of fund-raisers, one in Fort Worth for GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer, who is now running for the U.S. Senate in North Dakota, and one in Dallas for Texas Rep. Pete Sessions. He will continue his fund-raising into next month, with events scheduled for Missouri Senate candidate Josh Howley and Indiana Senate hopeful Mike Braun.
“While he prefers to consider himself retired from politics, President Bush recognizes how important it is to keep the Senate and decided to help a few key candidates,” Bush spokesman Freddy Ford told Politico.
Much of the progressive, “stay woke” media has reacted with great disdain to Bush’s fund-raising plans. Some outlets have declared that due to his upcoming activities, he is forever banished from consideration as a member of the anti-Trump resistance.
The rehabilitation of George W. Bush is OVER.https://t.co/Xz9OtVQHRx
— Bob Cesca (@bobcesca_go) September 12, 2018
George W. Bush has won strange new respect from rank-and-file Democrats, but he’s hitting the trail this fall to help keep Trump entrenched in power. https://t.co/wwdhpUrZqb
— Vox (@voxdotcom) September 12, 2018
— New York Magazine (@NYMag) September 12, 2018
While the Trump disaster may be fooling some into remembering things differently, let's be clear: George W. Bush was an unmitigated disaster as President & now he's actively enabling the agenda of the bigot currently sitting in the Oval Office. #StayWoke https://t.co/mRvsVvl4IK
— Democracy for America (@DFAaction) September 12, 2018
Just last week, former President Barack Obama delivered an extremely divisive, anti-Trump speech in which he described the current occupant of the Oval Office as a “threat to our democracy.” Breaking with past precedent, Obama is expected to play a highly active and visible role in rallying for Democrats prior to the 2018 midterms.