‘What our democracy has become now’: Elton John defends Ellen DeGeneres amid Bush friendship backlash

Award-winning musician Elton John came to the defense of Ellen DeGeneres after liberals hit the television host with backlash on social media for being friends with former President George W. Bush.

John told NPR that he thought DeGeneres’ explanation for her friendship with the Bushes was done “very eloquently.”

“Unfortunately, what our democracy has become now is that it’s not OK to have different opinions than yours and that is not healthy,” John said.

“Bush has made a lot of mistakes. I made a lot of mistakes. Ellen DeGeneres has made a lot of mistakes,” the 72-year-old British singer continued. “People need to come together … They need to respect people’s view on life. Except when it’s heresy, and I don’t think George Bush is that kind of guy.”

DeGeneres, 61, caught criticism from some on the Left after she and her wife, Portia de Rossi, were seen sitting next to the former president during a Cowboys-Packers football game last week. She defended herself for the friendship, telling viewers that people should be kinder to those with whom they disagree.

“But just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not going to be friends with them,” the daytime host said. “When I say, ‘Be kind to one another,’ I don’t mean only the people that think the same way that you do.”

John also praised Bush for starting the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief in 2003. The program has since provided more than $80 billion in funding and reportedly saved over 17 million lives.

“PEPFAR came from the Republicans,” John said. “People have to remember that.” Noting that while he doesn’t agree with much of President Trump’s policies, he is pleased that he continued the PEPFAR program.

John said the program is “the most incredible thing a Republican president has done on a philanthropic level.”


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