Since the 2016 campaign trail when President Donald Trump called Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush “low energy,” it’s been a safe assumption that the Bush family isn’t the biggest fan of Trump. Who wouldn’t be? He went after Jeb mercilessly. Jeb did his best, bless his heart.
Jeb needn’t worry though. His family has stuck by him the entire way even after Trump’s shocking win. Big brother George W. Bush had his back on Thursday during a speech at the George W. Bush Institute. The speech in many ways seemed like indirect criticisms of Trump though Bush never mentioned him by name.
In one part of the speech, Bush said bigotry seems to have been emboldened within the country.
‘Discontent deepened and sharpened partisan conflicts. Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.’
He then went on to make a remark that could be related to the fact that Trump can be such a bully in his comments about anyone who criticizes him.
‘Our young people need positive role models. Bullying and prejudice in our public life set a national tone. It provides permission for cruelty and bigotry and compromises the moral education of children. The only way to pass along civic values is to first live up to them.’
George W. Bush: Our young people need positive role models—Bullying & prejudice in our public life sets a natl tone pic.twitter.com/95wejKLRiP
— We Will Miss Obama! (@WeLoveObama4) October 19, 2017
He also pointed out Trump’s nationalist agenda and how isolationism actually threatens Americans.
‘We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism, forgotten the dynamism immigration has always brought to America, the fading value of trade, we’ve seen the return of isolationist sentiments forgetting that American security is directly threatened by the chaos and despair of distant places where threats such as terrorism, infectious disease, criminal gangs and drug trafficking tend to emerge. In all these ways, we need to recall and recover our own identity.’
President George W Bush in NYC: “We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism…we need to recall and recover our own identity” pic.twitter.com/dsiSkFzEVp
— Pat Ward (@WardDPatrick) October 19, 2017
He spoke more about the importance of global engagement something Trump wants to do away with. You can see these remarks at 14:10.
‘They are further complicated by a trend in Western countries away from global engagement and democratic confidence.’
President George W. Bush laid waste to an era of Trumpism.
Posted by The Raw Story on Thursday, October 19, 2017
Then, Bush did something Trump has failed hard at doing. Bush actually denounced white supremacy and the growing bigotry within America. He called it a “blasphemy against the American creed.”
He also remarked that anyone, no matter what their race or religion, can be American.
‘Being American involves the embrace of high ideals and civic responsibility. We become the heirs of Thomas Jefferson by accepting the ideal of human dignity found in the Declaration of Independence, we become the heirs of James Madison by understanding the genius and values of the U.S. constitution, we become a heirs of Martin Luther King Jr. by recognizing one another not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. This means that people of every race, religion, and ethnicity can be fully and equally American.’
George W. Bush: “Bigotry or white supremacy in any form is blasphemy against the American creed.” pic.twitter.com/ZmDDUbjNLT
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) October 19, 2017
After the speech, many have pondered the fact they would have never thought they’d miss the former president.
You can watch the full speech below.
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