Ellen DeGeneres' comment on Donald Trump resurfaces amid Bush backlash - Josh Loe

Ellen DeGeneres’ comment on Donald Trump resurfaces amid Bush backlash

  • Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres faced new backlash over the defense of her friendship with former President George W. Bush after previous comments about refusing to let President Donald Trump be a guest on her show resurfaced online.
  • The host faced criticism for laughing with Bush, whom many consider to be a “war criminal” and anti-LGBTQ politician, while sitting next to him at a football game on Sunday. 
  • DeGeneres’ previous statement saying she wouldn’t allow Trump on her show then resurfaced, with many calling her a “hypocrite” for her seemingly inconsistent political stance. 
  • Others felt that the host’s honesty about her friendship with Bush was refreshing, and had nothing to do with her previous statements.
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Host Ellen DeGeneres is facing new criticism of her seemingly inconsistent political stance after her past statement about refusing to let President Donald Trump on her show resurfaced on Tuesday. 

DeGeneres recently came under fire for her apparent friendship with George W. Bush — and Twitter users were quick to point out the host’s “hypocrisy.” 

“Wasn’t [DeGeneres] the one who wouldn’t let Donald Trump on her show because she doesn’t agree with his political views?” one user asked. 


Others shared similar sentiments on Twitter, calling out DeGeneres for her past statement and even referring to her as a “hypocrite.”

But some felt that DeGeneres was being unfairly scrutinized.

On Monday, DeGeneres faced a significant amount of backlash after she was photographed laughing while sitting next to Bush at a Dallas Cowboys football game over the weekend. 

Read more: People are calling out Ellen DeGeneres for sitting next to former president George W. Bush at a football game

Most users took issue with the fact that DeGeneres, an openly gay woman, was friendly with Bush, whose controversial decisions during the Iraq war have led many to refer to him as a “war criminal,” and was notoriously conservative when it came to LGBTQ rights during his presidency. 

The host addressed the controversy during a taping of her show on Tuesday, urging others to “be kind” to those who might have different views than them.

“Here’s the thing — I’m friends with George Bush,” DeGeneres told the audience.

“In fact, I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have. We’re all different, and I think we’ve forgotten that that’s okay, that we’re all different.” 

“But just because I don’t agree with someone on everything, doesn’t mean that I’m not going to be friends with them,” she added. 

DeGeneres’ explanation did little to silence her critics, who still felt that she could have handled the situation better. 


Representatives for DeGeneres didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment. 

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