One former President of the United States has made a public statement that, among other things, served as a sly attack against President Donald Trump.
“Our young people need positive role models,” said former-President George W. Bush, according to The Washington Free Beacon. “Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry, and compromises the moral education of children,” he continued, making an implicit reference to the president.
In a public speech at the George W. Bush Institute in New York City, former-President Bush initially said that the American identity was not determined by ethnicity or geography, saying that it’s a “blasphemy against the American creed.”
“Being American involves the embrace of high ideals and civic responsibility,” Mr. Bush stated. “We’ve become the heirs of Thomas Jefferson by accepting the ideal of human dignity found in the Declaration of Independence. We’ve become the heirs of James Madison, by understanding the genius and values of the US Constitution.”
He went on to chastise bigotry, as well as White Supremacy, as being anti-American — a comment that was met with loud applause from his audience. “It means the very identity of our nation depends on the passing of civic ideals to the next generation,” Mr. Bush said.
However, later in his message, the former-President began to lament the current state of political discourse in our country. “We’ve seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty,” Mr. Bush said, as reported by The Washington Post. “Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone and provides permission for cruelty and bigotry. The only way to pass along civic values is to first live up to them.”
Although Mr. Bush didn’t mention President Trump by name, and his former aides reemphasized that this message is one that the former-President has echoed before, many are interpreting some parts of his speech as an attack on Donald Trump.
If so, it would mark a considerable shift in terms of his policy on criticizing his successors. Remaining largely out of the spotlight, Mr. Bush made a point of not criticizing or second-guessing his Democrat successor, Barack Obama, despite having ample opportunity to do so.
“I think this is Bush throwing down the gauntlet and feeling that this is a man who has gone too far,” said Robert Dallek, presidential historian, and author. He added that Mr. Bush was taking aim at President Trump’s “roiling of the traditional institutions of the country and, in particular, demeaning the office of the president by a kind of crude or vulgar bashing of opponents.”
The former-President also alluded to the Russian-collusion narrative that the mainstream media embraced. “America has experienced a sustained attempt by a hostile power to feed and exploit our country’s divisions,” Mr. Bush stated.
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It’s a comment that flies in the face of what CIA Director Mike Pompeo concluded, in which he found that Russia did not have a meaningful impact on the election, a sentiment secretly shared by many in the major news outlets.
Although many are welcoming Bush’s comments against bigotry and racism, just as many Americans who voted for President Trump will undoubtedly be disappointed by Mr. Bush’s references to the current administration.