During a speech for his policy group the George W. Bush Institute, George W. Bush gave some of his most extensive comments on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and managed to bang out an ironic gaffe mid-speech.
On Wednesday Bush compared Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to Winston Churchill, and slammed the autocratic leanings of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“The way countries conduct elections is indicative of how their leaders treat their own people, and how nations behave toward other nations,” Bush said. “And nowhere is this on display more clearly than Ukraine.
Bush went on to slam Russian elections as “rigged,” and pointed out that political opponents of Putin are “imprisoned or otherwise eliminated from participating in the electoral process.”
“The result is an absence of checks and balances in Russia, and the decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq — I mean of Ukraine,” he said with a chuckle. Bush then joked to the audience that the slip was due to his 75-years of age.
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George W. Bush: "The decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq — I mean of Ukraine."pic.twitter.com/amgTG41RPb
— Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) May 19, 2022