‘We rise or fall together’: George W. Bush pleads for unity amid pandemic

The 43rd president of the United States had a message for Americans on Saturday.

In a video just short of three minutes long, former President George W. Bush urged Americans to put their differences aside and do their parts in the fight against the coronavirus, Politico reported.

“In the final analysis, we are not partisan combatants. We are human beings, equally vulnerable and equally wonderful in the sight of God,” Bush said, according to Politico.

He went on: “We rise or fall together, and we are determined to rise.”

“A challenging and solemn time”

In a video posted to Twitter by the George W. Bush Presidential Center, Bush reflected on the coronavirus crisis as “a challenging and solemn time in the life of our nation and world,” Fox News reported.

“A remorseless, invisible enemy threatens the elderly and vulnerable among us, a disease that can quickly take breath and life,” the former president said. “We all need to do our part.”

He went on to urge Americans to serve their neighbors “by separating from them,” but said, “We cannot allow physical separation to become emotional isolation.”

“Let us remember we have faced times of testing before,” Bush added. “Following 9/11, I saw a great nation rise as one to honor the brave, to grieve with the grieving, and to embrace unavoidable new duties, and I have no doubt — none at all — that this spirt of service and sacrifice is alive and well in America.”

Where has Bush been?

For his part, President Donald Trump responded to Bush’s message by questioning why the former president didn’t speak up with his message of unity over partisanship sooner.

“He was nowhere to be found in speaking up against the greatest Hoax in American history,” Trump, referring to his Senate impeachment trial earlier this year, wrote in a Sunday tweet, according to The Hill. Trump was acquitted by the Senate in February in a near-party line vote after he was impeached by the House for an allegedly nefarious phone call with the leader of Ukraine, The New York Times reported.

Take a look at Bush’s full message below:

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