The Washington Post reports:
For the last nine years, George W. Bush has largely stayed out of presidential politics; he declined to criticize his successor, Barack Obama, and he chose not to endorse but largely ignored President Trump. While Mitt Romney and others spoke out publicly against Trump, Bush stayed above the fray. That changed in a big way Thursday.
Speaking at a George W. Bush Institute event in New York, Bush didn’t use Trump’s name, but his target became clearer as the speech progressed. Here’s a sampling:
“Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.”
“We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism.”
“We’ve seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty. Argument turns too easily into animosity.”
“It means 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.”
“Bullying and prejudice in our public life … provides permission for cruelty and bigotry.”
George W. Bush just used the words “white supremacy” in calling out the racism of Trump in a nationally-televised speech. Wow.
— Charles Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) October 19, 2017
George W. Bush just slammed bigotry, white supremacy, Russian election interference and conspiracy theories. In other words, Donald Trump. https://t.co/S4uHKpqa7V
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) October 19, 2017
Hopefully George W. Bush’s words set the stage for the spineless Republicans in Congress to also stand up to Trump. Enough is enough #Resist
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) October 19, 2017
The fact that George W. Bush, who began an unconscionable war and eroded civil liberties, gets it more than Trump should tell you everything
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) October 19, 2017
Get plywood over the windows!
It’s time to prep for the Donald Trump tweet storm shitting all over George W. Bush.
— Tommy Campbell (@MrTommyCampbell) October 19, 2017