Ellen DeGeneres is facing a lot of criticism following a news that she went to a football game and was seated next to George W Bush. Now a video of this made it appear as though they were very chummy, and later she confirmed that they did get along. But she also defended her decision to be friendly with him. Now let’s take a quick look at one of the GIFs that have been created of this event. And the game was->>Cowboys versus Packers.>>Yeah, thank you for that save. So there they are- [LAUGH]>>Laughing, chumming it up. People were not happy about this. So let me give you a few examples of the critical tweets that she received about it. One Twitter user says, Ellen, this isn’t just a simple difference of opinion. George Bush, his administration, and his colleagues actively discriminated and worked against the LGBT community, of which you are a member. He, Dick Cheney and all of his cohorts don’t believe you deserve basic rights. One other person said, Ellen hanging out with her buddy GW Bush, the war criminal and guy who called for a ban on same sex marriages. Really, really low standards there Ellen, and pretty pathetic. So, again, lots of criticism which I think is definitely understandable. But here’s Ellen’s take on it.>>But a lot of people were mad. And they did what people do when they’re mad, they tweet. But here’s one tweet that I loved. This person says, Ellen and George Bush together makes me have faith in America again.>>And->>Exactly. [APPLAUSE]>>Here’s the thing, I’m friends with George Bush. 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 that we’ve forgotten that that’s okay that we’re all different. For instance, I wish people wouldn’t wear fur. I don’t like it, but I’m friends with people who wear fur. But just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not going to be friends with them. When I say be kind to one another, I don’t mean only the people that think the same way that you do. I mean, be kind to everyone. Doesn’t matter. [APPLAUSE]>>Yeah, I hadn’t seen that response. I read about it, I hadn’t seen the video of it until now. And that kind of disgusted me. Because Bush is not, we just have some differences of opinion. No, he’s a war criminal. He’s a war criminal. And not only that, I mean, if you don’t care about foreign policy and the fact that he did torture of these individuals. Let’s also keep in mind that he didn’t believe in rights for so many different disenfranchised groups of people in America. In America. And then, what about the warrantless wiretapping that he did? I mean he was a terrible, terrible president, and I hate the fact that after the fact their reputations get scrubbed clean by these well meaning liberals. No, come on man! It’s not about, we have a difference of opinion or we have a difference in opinion on what tax rate the wealthy should pay. No, we’re talking about a war criminal.>>Yeah, so I’m going to give you both sides because I think it is a difficult situation especially because of what Ellen represents. And she joked that you got to get along with people over difference of opinion, I’m for the Packers. But see, but it’s a funny joke, I get it. On the other hand, it makes it seem like, hundreds of thousands of dead civilians in Iraq is the same thing as whether you like the Packers or the Cowboys. It ain’t the same thing. So, now look, on the one hand, I sympathize with Ellen. She is trying to be a decent human being, and if we just yell at each other non stop, yes, that’s a problem right? And I get that George Bush in person is probably a guy that is easy to get along with. But that’s because he’s not killing your kids and he’s not waterboarding you and I can go on and on, all right? And so you got to separate that out a little bit. On the other hand, Ellen is in a very difficult position and has done great things, not just for the LGBT community, but for the country. Because she was groundbreaking in being the first outwardly lesbian woman on television in her original sitcom and then getting so many Americans who are conservative from red states etc., to be comfortable with a lesbian woman and really, really like her. And I think it made a giant difference. And part of the way that she does that is by reaching out to people. So that’s her, and now it also winds up helping her financially, let’s keep it real, but it also brought a lot of people to our side and go, hey, maybe gay people are not so bad. Hey, look, I like Ellen. And so if the number of gay people you know, makes a giant difference in whether you believe in gay rights or not. On the other hand, George Bush specifically ran his 2004 campaign against gay Americans. They planted ballot measures in the swing states that purposely discriminated against gay Americans so that they could drive out conservative voters, knowing that they were driven by fear and hatred so that they would come out and vote against gay people, and in the meanwhile vote for George Bush at the top of the ticket. And it worked. Not only did he win the election, but it spurred discrimination against the LGBT community for about another decade because of what he did.>>I gotta jump in. Look, I have no interest in ever rehabilitating the image of people like George Bush and Donald Trump, okay? So if I ever find myself in a situation where I’m seated next to someone like Trump, for instance, I don’t care about, I want to be friendly, I want to be nice, I don’t want to be a mean person. No, I want to be a mean person, he deserves it and so does Bush. That preemptive war he started in Iraq? We’re still there, okay, he has destabilized that region. Countless civilians have died as a result of that. He was a terrible person, terrible president. Again, rehabilitating his image, in my opinion, is a terrible move by anyone. I don’t care how friendly she is. One other thing, if someone is convicted of drug possession, that felony follows that person for the rest of his or her life, which means that they have difficulty finding a place to live, they have difficulty finding a job. They’re punished for that non violent offense for the rest of their lives. The double standard that we have in America for people in positions of power, who actually cause real damage, and innocent non violent people who just want to get high, is ridiculous to me. That is one of the biggest injustice. Let’s stop with this rehabilitation of bad people. I’m done with it.>>And by the way, George Bush, of course, did drugs, but continued the war on drugs.>>And we don’t have this up yet but there’s a poll on this. So if you’re watching the video of this story go to tyt.com/ellen, answer the question, is it appropriate for Ellen to be pals with George W?>>Look it’s a genuine question because she brings a lot of people into the right side of the equation, and I’m curious what you guys think. When you’re watching this later on YouTube and Facebook that poll’s already up and you can find the link down below.