Former President George W. Bush made a rare appearance conveniently at the George W. Bush institute at New York yesterday.
His speech was part of a policy forum where other leaders also spoke, and he used his moment on stage to indirectly attack President Trump without specifically using his name.
Bush’s assessment echoed that of many from the Left and the establishment, and suggested Trump’s America First policies promote bigotry and falsehood, which shake the country and its values.
“We have seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty. We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism. Forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America.”
“Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, 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.”
Bush made other attacks in the speech, which can be seen in the video at the bottom of this article, and they seemed to all target President Trump.
Trump ruffled the Bush family’s feathers in the 2016 primaries after hitting a Jeb Bush so hard on the campaign trail, that it knocked the GOP establishment hopeful out of the race faster than Jeb ever anticipated. Trump also made remarks about how former President George W. Bush handled situations during his presidency.
Trump’s remarks during the campaign eventually led to George Bush Senior voicing his support for Hillary Clinton to others at a reception, which followed suit of many members of Washington’s establishment.
Here is the video of former President George W. Bush’s speech at the forum in New York.