George Herbert Walker Bush is being put to rest today. Politicians and notable notables are in Washington DC to pay their final respects to the 41st President of the United States. Although tradition dictates how the ceremony will play out, this one will be different. President Donald J. Trump will not be speaking.
In the USA Today article Trump will appear at Bush state funeral — but he’s not slated to speak to the crowd describes some of the tension between Trump and the Bush clan:
Before legendary Senator John McCain passed away in late August, he left instructions that Trump not be invited to his funeral after they clashed publicly and repeatedly.
George H.W. Bush, who died Friday at 94, did not go that far, opting for a gesture of unity despite the family’s friction with Trump.
The animosity was heightened during the primaries before the 2016 presidential election when Trump mocked the energy level of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, his opponent for the nomination, the son of the 41st president and the brother of the 43rd.
The article continues to list the rhetorical assaults by Trump on members of the Bush family. “Low energy Jeb” was just one of them.
Even though Trump is not speaking at the funeral, he does have his smartphone. And that means he’s speaking to America via his tweets. The Donald may be silent in the audience, but he’s launching a thousand twitter firestorms.
Andrew Hall is the author of Laughing in Disbelief. Besides writing a blog, co-hosting the Naked Diner, he wrote two books, Vampires, Lovers, and Other Strangers and God’s Diary: January 2017 Andrew is reading through the Bible and making videos about his journey on YouTube. He is a talented stand-up comedian. You can find him on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook