Former President George W. Bush congratulated Joe Biden on winning the 2020 election but also said that “President Trump has the right to request recounts and pursue legal challenges.”
Obviously, the former president is no stranger to pursuing legal challenges in a controversial election.
Bush said in a statement on Sunday that he had congratulated Biden over the phone.
NEW: President George W. Bush in the 2020 elections pic.twitter.com/GXp3iimEa9
– Kelly O’Donnell (@KellyO) November 8, 2020
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Former President Bush congratulates Joe Biden
In states where the difference in votes had narrower margins, the election was too short to call and legal action by Team Trump is still being brought up.
Still, Bush, who questioned the results of the 2000 election for over a month, congratulated Biden.
Former President Bush said, “I have just spoken to the President-elect of the United States, Joe Biden. I warmly congratulated and thanked him for the patriotic message he brought last night. “
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“I also called Kamala Harris to congratulate her on her historic election to the vice presidency,” Bush said.
Bush offered a conciliatory message.
“Although we have political differences, I know that Joe Biden is a good man who won his chance to lead and unite our country,” said Bush.
Obama. Clinton. Bush. Rice.
Everyone congratulated Biden on his “election victory” with close races.
President Trump must fight the Clinton / Obama / Bush dynasties, mainstream media, Hollywood, and big tech to win.
It’s not Trump against them. It’s America against them. 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/RNspghcvhM
– Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) November 9, 2020
The former Republican president then continued to praise the 2020 Democratic candidate.
“The president-elect reiterated that while he was running for Democrat, he would rule for all Americans,” said Bush.
“I offered him the same thing I offered President Trump and Obama: my prayers for his success and my promise to help in any way I could.”
“I would like to congratulate President Trump and his supporters on a highly competitive campaign,” added Bush.
“He won the votes of more than 70 million Americans – an exceptional political achievement,” added the Republican.
“They have spoken and their voices will continue to be heard by elected Republicans at all levels of government.”
Former President George W. Bush: “I just spoke to President-Elect of the United States, Joe Biden. I congratulated him warmly and thanked him for the patriotic message he had brought last night … “pic.twitter.com/wENHUJ2AhH
– Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) November 8, 2020
Bush: Trump has the right to “pursue legal challenges”
But Bush also rightly noted that President Trump and his team have every right to take legal action to ensure and protect the integrity of the elections.
Bush said: “The fact that so many of our fellow citizens voted in these elections is a positive sign of the health of our democracy and a reminder of the world of its strength.”
“No matter how you voted, your vote counted,” he added.
The former president said (emphasis added): “President Trump has the right to request recounts and pursue legal challengesand any unresolved problems will be properly resolved. “
Even so, Bush claimed that Biden was already the real winner.
Bush added (emphasis added): “The American people can be confident that this election was fundamentally fair, that its integrity is preserved, and that the outcome is clear. ”
This is similar to what President Trump’s former chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said on Saturday.
Mulvaney wrote, “Two things: 1) We need to litigate this election so people know that the winner is really the winner. 2) If he loses – which, as I have emphasized many times here, is still far from being determined – the President will be President. “
Two things: 1) We need to litigate this election so people know that the winner is really the winner; 2) If he loses – which, as I have emphasized many times here, is still far from being determined – the President becomes President. https://t.co/ipW2hxS9MW
– Mick Mulvaney (@MickMulvaney) November 7, 2020
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Bad blood between Trump and Bush?
It is well known that Trump is not a fan of the 43rd President.
He made Bush-era foreign policy a key part of his first campaign and has worked to undo it as president.
During the 2016 election campaign, President Trump repeatedly attacked Bush for the Iraq war, accusing him of lying about weapons of mass destruction.
At the 2016 presidential debate in South Carolina, Trump said, “You call it what you want. I want to tell you. You lied. You said there were weapons of mass destruction; there was none. And they knew there weren’t any. There were no weapons of mass destruction. “
The Atlantic makes the case that Bush, though more subtle, isn’t President Trump’s biggest fan.