Matt Lauer Urges Bush to Trash Trump on Political Division, Media Attacks

February 27, 2017 | 11:33 AM EST

More in the cross-post on the MRC's NewsBusters blog.

In an exclusive interview with George W. Bush on Monday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer repeatedly urged the former president to criticize current President Trump’s first month in office. Lauer began the exchange by demanding: “You took office in 2001 after an extremely contentious election, controversial end to that, the Supreme Court decided it, the nation was incredibly divided. How would you compare the divisions we faced then to what we’re living through right now?”

After Bush pointed out that the nation has been divided before in its history, Lauer proceeded to blame Trump for the present-day condition: “But there's enormous division right now. And although President Trump has said he hopes to unify the country, have you, in the first month, seen him do or say anything that, in your opinion, would be an attempt to heal the wounds of the election?”