George W. Bush Takes a Shot at Trump, Nationalism

By NTK Staff | 10.19.2017 @11:39am


The former president seemed to break with his code of silence to criticize the direction of the country under the current president.

Former President George W. Bush seemed to take a shot at current President Donald Trump and his nationalist ideology during a speech at the George W. Bush Presidential Center on Thursday.

Bush hit the nationalist wave that has swept Europe and the United States, saying that it threatened the western liberal order. He first cited Chinese and Russian challenges to the international order, then said western drawback from international affairs helped these adversaries.

“Bigotry seems emboldened [in the United States],” he said. “Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrications.”

“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,” Bush added.

Bush’s comments were almost certainly directed at the current president.

He repeated one of his most famous lines, telling the crowd, “Too often we judge other groups by their worst examples, while judging ourselves by our best intentions.”

The former president did not limit his criticism to Trump though, as he also criticized many Americans’ casual flirtation with socialism.

Bush’s speech is the second from a GOP standard bearer this week to question, if not challenge, the direction in which Trump is taking the country, if not the Republican Party. Sen. John McCain criticized what he called “half-baked, spurious nationalism.”

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