According to New York Magazine, the 43rd commander-in-chief had a rather candid response to Trump’s swearing-in ceremony in January.
“That was some weird s-,” he said according to the outlet, which cited three sources who heard the comment.
Bush’s spokesperson declined to comment to the magazine.
Twitter users erupted at the report, with some citing it as the “quote of the year” and predicting “whenever historians write about Trump’s inauguration, we *will* quote Pres. Bush’s take.”
Joe Scarborough of MSNBC’s Morning Joe also reacted to Trump’s comment, writing, “My love for this man grows by the day.”
My love for this man grows by the day.
“That was some weird shit.”
~Bush 43 on Trump39;s inaugural address https://t.co/b1FezZsNCa
- Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) March 30, 2017
Whenever historians write about Trump39;s inauguration, we *will* quote Pres. Bush39;s take: "That was some weird shit." https://t.co/R4lvtf9SJI
- Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) March 29, 2017
Quote of the year:
George W. Bush gave a brief assessment of Trump39;s inauguration: “That was some weird shit.” https://t.co/NBLZrkgRbp
- Cate Martel (@CateMartel) March 30, 2017
"That was some weird shit."
I never thought I would write this next sentence.
I agree with George W. Bush.
- David Yankovich (@DavidYankovich) March 30, 2017
No one will ever confuse George W. Bush with George Bernard Shaw, but "Weird Shit" really is the best way to describe our current times.
- Will McAvoy (@WillMcAvoyACN) March 30, 2017
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The 45th president painted a bleak picture of the nation in his speech, saying that America had fallen into “disrepair and decay” and claimed the country’s best days had “disappeared over the horizon.”
A spokesman for the Bushes confirmed the former president and first lady cast their ballots for the election early, opting to write in a candidate for the office of commander-in-chief. Their choice for president was not revealed.
“I think it’s very important for all of us to recognize one of our great strengths is for people to be able to worship the way they want,” said Bush. “A bedrock of our freedom is the right to worship freely.”