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George W. Bush Accuses Trump of Promoting Bigotry, Racism in Stunning Rebuke

George W. Bush, former U.S. President
George W. Bush

In what he knew would be viewed as a rebuke of the sitting President of United States, George W. Bush, the 43rd President, Thursday accused Trump of promoting bigotry, racism and falsehoods.



In the not-so-veiled attack on Trump, George W. Bush did not mention the current president by name but it was obvious who he was referring to. “We have seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty,” Bush said. “We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism.”

“Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry, and compromises the moral education of children,” Bush said. “The only way to pass along civic values is to first live up to them.”

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For nine years President George W. Bush refrained from involvement in national politics – declining to criticize Barack Obama through two terms, for instance, but all that changed Thursday.






Speaking at a George W. Bush Institute event in New York, the 43rd President said “bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.”

He said that “bigotry and white supremacy in any form is blasphemy against the American creed, and it means the very identity of our nation depends on passing along civic ideals.”

The speech was a stunning breach of protocol from a man who has stayed away from saying anything critical of White House occupants, even during the 2016 presidential campaign when Trump repeatedly savaged his family in general, and his younger brother Jeb Bush in particular.

“He has, as matter of principle, made it a point not to comment on ongoing matters of political interest. I actually heard him in person talk about this. I think he wouldn’t do this unless he felt obligated to do so,” said Russell Riley, co-chairman of the Presidential Oral History Program at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center.

Republican Party officials close to the former president said Bush felt he could no longer ignore Trump’s attitude towards political and presidential norms.

“Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry, and compromises the moral education of children,” Bush said. “The only way to pass along civic values is to first live up to them.”

Republican strategist Don Sipple said “I think Trump has stretched the bounds of decency to a point where Bush is highly offended on the part of the nation. Bush is a traditionalist, and I think he thinks the presidency is being besmirched.” Mr. Sipple helped elect Bush governor of Texas and has stayed in touch with the former president.






“In recent decades, public confidence in our institutions has declined,” Bush continued. “Our governing class has often been paralyzed in the face of obvious and pressing needs …. Discontent deepened and sharpened partisan conflicts. Bigotry seems emboldened.”

Bush criticized Trump for the current president’s response to white supremacists’ march in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this year under the Nazi creed “blood and soil,” saying that America’s identity is not determined by ethnicity or geography, by soil or blood.

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“Our identity as a nation — unlike many other nations — is not determined by geography or ethnicity, by soil or blood. Being an American involves the embrace of high ideals and civic responsibility. People of every race, religion, and ethnicity can be fully and equally American. It means that bigotry or white supremacy in any form is blasphemy against the American creed,” Bush said.

“Foreign aggressions — including cyberattacks, disinformation and financial influence — should not be downplayed or tolerated,” the former president said. “This is a clear case where the strength of our democracy begins at home. We must secure our electoral infrastructure and protect our electoral system from subversion.”

 

 

The Staff of The Liberal Advocate News

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