Bush repudiates the deplorable Trump: In a powerful speech former President George W. Bush destroys President Donald Trump without ever mentioning his name.
Speaking at the George W. Bush Institute’s “The Spirit of Liberty: At Home, in the World,” a national forum in New York City, the former president rejected Trump’s divisive and mean-spirited politics, accusing Trump of “bigotry,” “bullying,” and “casual cruelty.”
Bush scolded Trump for the “bullying and prejudice in our public life,” and providing “permission for cruelty and bigotry” to the detriment of all Americans, and in particular children:
Our young people need positive role models. 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 warned that under Trump bigotry has become emboldened:
Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories. We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism.
Bush rejected the “casual cruelty” of Trump, and the attending “dehumanization” of others:
We’ve seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty. At times, it can seem like the forces pulling us apart are stronger than the forces binding us together. Argument turns too easily into animosity. Disagreement escalates into dehumanization.
Bush denounced the white supremacy that animates the Trump administration:
Too often we judge other groups by their worst examples while judging ourselves by our best intentions… We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism, [and] forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America.
Parts of Europe have developed an identity crisis. We have seen insolvency, economic stagnation, youth unemployment, anger about immigration, resurgent ethno-nationalism and questions about the meaning and durability of the European Union. America is not immune.In recent decades public confidence in our institutions has declined, our governing class has often been paralyzed in the face of obvious and pressing needs, the American dream of upward mobility seems out of reach to some who feel left behind in a changing economy, discontent deepened and sharpened partisan conflicts, our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication, there are some signs that the intensity of support for democracy itself has waned — especially among the young.
Bottom line: Only the deplorable Donald Trump could make a war criminal like former President George W. Bush look like a sane, reasonable, and compassionate human being.
Watch the full speech below –