Published: Sat, October 21, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

'Bigotry seems emboldened': George W. Bush slams Trump-era politics

'Bigotry seems emboldened': George W. Bush slams Trump-era politics

"We've seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty", Bush told attendees of a Bush Institute forum entitled "The Spirit of Liberty: At Home, In the World".

Obama urged Americans to reject the politics of "division" and "fear", while bush criticised "bullying and prejudice" in public life.

The intervention did not mention Mr Trump by name but took on issues that the US President has been criticised over in recent months. "Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication".

Unlike his Democratic successor Barack Obama, the Republican Bush has said very little publicly about Trump or the state of USA politics this year.

"I think this is Bush throwing down the gauntlet and feeling that this is a man who has gone too far", Dallek said. The obvious and pressing needs paralyzed the country's governing class The American dream seems out of reach to those who feel they are left behind in the changing economy. "To renew our country, we only need to remember our values".

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McCain's critique prompted Trump to warn him to "be careful" because he is prepared to "fight back". He has regularly blamed the media, which he says does not focus on his achievements and instead chooses to concentrate on what he describes as "fake news". "It is time up to speak up and act up and have a position", she said.

Obama, who has returned to the campaign trail for the first time since leaving the White House, was speaking at a rally in New Jersey on Thursday to support Democratic candidate for Governor Phil Murphy, the New York Times reported.

"It means that bigotry or white supremacy in any form is blasphemy against the American creed". "It's the 21st century, not the 19th century".

In a NY speech, the two-term former president warned that the coarsening of the national tone and divisive themes are threats to American democracy.

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"Being American involves the embrace of high ideals and civic responsibility", said Bush.

Bush opened his remarks by speaking in both English and Spanish and noting that refugees from Afghanistan, China, North Korea and Venezuela were seated in the audience.

Bush delivered a speech on Thursday where he railed against bigotry, rampant nationalism and the forces of partisan division that threaten to tear apart the country.

"We've seen nationalism distorted into nativism and forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America", the 71-year-old Bush said, after months of Trump's efforts to rein in immigration and slow the flow of refugees into the United States.

"People are hurting, they're angry and they're frustrated [and] we must help them", Bush said.

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But during the Bush event, a current Trump administration official also broke with Trump's dismissive tone on Russian interference.

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