“In contrast, Russian elections are rigged,” he said during a speech at his presidential center in Dallas. “Political opponents are imprisoned or otherwise eliminated from participating in the electoral process.
He attempted to laugh off his gaffe, blaming it on his age.
“Iraq, too,” Bush added, laughing.
“Anyway, 75,” he added, in reference to his age.
Bush, who invaded Iraq in his time as president, received a great deal of flack on social media for this slip up.
Greatest Freudian slip in history? 👇👇 https://t.co/37vUZmGFfc
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 19, 2022
If you were George W. Bush, you think you’d just steer clear of giving any speech about one man launching a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion. https://t.co/8zdH0ogOAy
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) May 19, 2022
That’s a full Freudian ball gown.
— mild black swan event (@CuriousFoolish) May 19, 2022
Is there a world record for Freudian slips? Cause this would win. https://t.co/tBRCBmnyxF
— Arwa Damon (@arwaCNN) May 19, 2022
Where was this man when we needed him? pic.twitter.com/Hcn6FWmWTJ
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) May 19, 2022
The invasion of Iraq started in 2002, largely in response to the 9/11 attacks. The invasion lasted until 2011 and claimed the lives of more than 4,000 U.S. soldiers and tens of thousands of Iraqi citizens.