US President Donald Trump on Sunday struck former President George W. Bush, who in a video called for compassion and solidarity with the coronavirus pandemic.
Bush, like Trump, a member of the Republican Party, has drawn a parallel between the COVID-19 crisis and the September 11, 2001 attack in a clip released on Saturday by the George W. Bush Presidential Center.
The terrorist attacks led by Al Qaeda took place only a few months after Bush's arrival in the White House.
"After September 11, I saw a great nation rise to honor the brave, mourn with the mourners, and take on inevitable new tasks," Bush said with stock photos in the background.
Bush, 73, said he was convinced that the "victim's spirit" had not disappeared and called for sympathy as the United States struggled to suppress the novel corona virus.
"Let us remember how small our differences are in the face of this common threat," Bush said. "Ultimately, we are not partisan fighters, we are human beings."
Bush added that Americans "should remember that empathy and simple kindness are essential and powerful tools for national recovery."
As someone who is regularly criticized for his lack of empathy, Trump may have felt targeted.
Trump responded early Sunday, apparently quoting a co-anchor from the Fox and Friends show in Fox News.
"Oh bye, I appreciate former President Bush's message, but where was he during the impeachment process and asked to put aside the partisanship," Trump wrote, citing the co-anchor.
Trump then added in his own voice: "He was nowhere to be found if he spoke out against the biggest joke in American history!"
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