During a speech he gave Thursday morning, former president George W. Bush made it clear he doesn’t care much Donald Trump or his nationalist tendencies.
While speaking on the larger topic of North Korea, the 43rd president commented:
“In recent decades public confidence in our institutions has declined, our governing class has often been paralyzed in the face of obvious and pressing needs, the American dream of upward mobility seems out of reach to some who feel left behind in a changing economy, discontent deepened and sharpened partisan conflicts, our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication, there are some signs that the intensity of support for democracy itself has waned — especially among the young.”
Then Bush lit into Trump, even though he never used his name:
“We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism, forgotten the dynamism immigration has always brought to America, the fading value of trade, we’ve seen the return of isolationist sentiments forgetting that American security is directly threatened by the chaos and despair of distant places where threats such as terrorism, infectious disease, criminal gangs and drug trafficking tend to emerge. In all these ways, we need to recall and recover our own identity.”
And Bush also made reference to the hacking of the 2016 election by Russia:
“America has experienced a sustained attempt by a hostile power to exploit our country’s divisions and feed them. according to intelligence services the Russian government has made a project of turning Americans against each other.”
Expect a Twitter meltdown by Trump before the day is over with. He’s probably busy with his coloring books at the moment.
Here’s the speech:
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org