Donald Trump has a lot to learn when it comes to treating our democratic process with the respect it deserves. And George H.W. Bush could be his teacher because he knows what it’s like to lose to a Clinton.
Back in 1992, the elder Bush was hoping for a second term but lost to Bill Clinton by nearly six million votes.
He could have thrown a temper tantrum by calling the election rigged and he could have refused to concede the race just like Trump is already doing now in under three weeks before Election Day.
But Bush didn’t do any of that.
Instead, he conceded defeat with dignity and then proceeded to write this letter to his opponent.
Jan. 20, 1993
When I walked into this office just now I felt the same sense of wonder and respect that I felt four years ago. I know you will feel that too.
I wish you great happiness here. I never felt the loneliness some Presidents have described.
There will be very tough times, made even more difficult by criticism you may not think is fair. I’m not a very good one to give advice; but just don’t let the critics discourage you or push you off course.
You will be our President when you read this note. I wish you well. I wish your family well.
Your success now is our country’s success. I am rooting hard for you.
Good luck –
A perfect night to re-read this letter from President George H. W. Bush to President Bill Clinton. pic.twitter.com/9LYI20KX7A
— Chris Sacca (@sacca) October 20, 2016
Despite the fact that both men were members of opposing political parties, George H.W. Bush wished Bill Clinton luck in the office and encouraged him to stay on course in the face of criticism. He didn’t whine, or bitch, or moan, or call Clinton names. He didn’t threaten him with violence. And he certainly didn’t question his legitimacy as president.
What Bush did is exactly what every losing candidate should do when the people have spoken.
Right now, Donald Trump is doing the exact opposite and it is harming our democracy and threatening to tear this country apart on Election Day as Trump supporters prepare to follow through on their threats of violence and assassination if their candidate does not win.
So it’s really little wonder why Bush has chosen to vote for Hillary. Unlike Trump, Bush is an honorable man who actually served his country in a time of war and kept the tradition of peaceful transfer of power in government alive and well in the most graceful way possible.
Trump could certainly learn a lot from Bush’s example. But we all know the only way Trump will learn is if he loses by a complete landslide.
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