George W Bush Gives Max Donations To Trump’s GOP Enemies

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Donald Trump has, up until now, maintained an iron grip on the Republican Party. Any member who dared disagree with Trump, no matter how much of a supporter of the ex-president they had been in the past, has found themselves immediately on the chopping block as soon as their disagreement was televised. Trump-backed primary supporters had an instant boost over even more well-known candidates, keeping the GOP in thrall to the twice-impeached ex-president who lost the popular vote twice.

Some of that grip, however, may finally be slipping. Candidates like Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who serves on the January 6 Select Committee and has been a vocal detractor of the former president, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), who voted to impeach Trump for his incitement of the attack on the Capitol Building, have both been beating fundraising records and out-raising their Trump-backed opponents. Former President George W. Bush has maxed out donations to both candidates.

According to Business Insider:

‘Cheney, the daughter of Bush’s own vice president, Dick Cheney, and an outspoken Trump critic, now serves as the lead Republican on the House Select Committee investigating January 6. She’s set to face off against Harriet Hageman, a former RNC official who has been endorsed by Trump, in an August primary. Cheney has outraised Hageman by more than four to one — $2 million for Cheney versus $440,00 for Hageman — FEC disclosures showed.’

Cheney is, of course, the daughter of George W. Bush’s former vice-president, Dick Cheney. However, Murkowski has little known ties to Bush other than their Republican Party credentials, making Bush’s opposition to Trump and his campaign of fear against GOP detractors more obvious.

‘In addition to these personal contributions, Bush held a fundraiserfor Cheney in Dallas last fall, and he has repeatedly condemned the attacks on January 6. On the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, Bush compared domestic right-wing extremists to the 9/11 perpetrators.’

Bush has been a longtime detractor of Donald Trump’s himself, having warned about his incitement of hate and division throughout his presidency and even during the 2016 campaigns, when Trump attacked Jeb Bush and his family on the campaign trail. Since then, Bush has made remarks subtly calling out the embattled former president for his populism, racism, and cruelty.

‘There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home. But in their disdain for pluralism, in their disregard for human life, in their determination to defile national symbols, they are children of the same foul spirit. And it is our continuing duty to confront them.’