“In the era of Donald Trump, there’s a tendency to portray every Republican leader of the past in a nostalgic, sugar-coated way,” wrote Michelangelo Signorile. He is talking about George HW Bush, his been lauded following his death. Signorile wrote that Bush was a captive of the evangelical right on social issues, bowing down to their anti-LGBTQ agenda. Bush’s speeches portrayed a “kinder, gentler” presidency, but were not backed up by the strategy or funding the AIDS epidemic sorely needed.
- Did Bush demonize the LGBTQ community?
- Is it too close to his death to criticize HW for his policies?
Not surprisingly, after the death of former President George H.W. Bush, we see media experts, advocates and popular historians promoting a rosy view of his tenure as President. In the era of Donald Trump, every Republican leader of the past tends to be portrayed in a nostalgic, sugar-coated manner.
The first thing that caught my eye was a report on CNN’s website that included a tweet from the president of Covenant House, a charity that runs shelters across the U.S. for homeless youth and which has a historical connection to the Catholic Church. The tweet included photos of the former president and the late first lady Barbara Bush hugging children, implying that Bush was an important advocate for people with AIDS.
Clare and I send our love and sympathy to the Bushes for Pres. George Bush’s loss. At a time when some argued for the quarantine of our @CovenantHouse children with HIV & AIDS, George & Barbara Bush held them close.