Former President George W. Bush this week sent out holiday cards with a pointed message about a hopeful new year as President Donald Trump continues to deny his election loss.
“May the light of the holiday season shine bright in your heart now and throughout the New Year,” the card’s message reads.
The card, which was first reported by CNN, includes an image of Bush’s painting of the Statue of Liberty that is titled “Beacon of Hope, 2020” and part of his new art collection celebrating immigrants. It also features a Bible verse from 2 Corinthians.
“Now the Lord is the spirit, and where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17
Bush’s choice to make the Statue of Liberty central to his card is symbolic of his past critiques of Trump. The statue was often one of the first sights that new immigrants to America would see as they entered New York Harbor and contains a poem by Emma Lazarus that is famous for its phrase, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
It’s unclear if the Bible verse he chose was a jab a Donald Trump, who mispronounced the book of the Bible during a rambling speech to Liberty University students during the 2016 campaign.
“We’re going to protect Christianity. I can say that. I don’t have to be politically correct,” he thundered at the beginning of his speech at the conservative evangelical university.
Then he moved on to cite “Two Corinthians 3:17, that’s the whole ballgame. … Is that the one you like?” Trump asked. “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
That’s a verse that’s etched on campus buildings, but that verse comes from “Second Corinthians” — not “Two.”
The holiday card from Bush comes as Trump and his GOP allies continue to deny his election loss even after the Electoral College on Monday affirmed Biden’s win.