President George W. Bush has, once again, criticized President Donald Trump. The only difference is that, this time, he didn’t even have to utter his name to say out loud exactly what many were thinking.
Joining other GOP politicians who have been calling out Trump, the former president continued to show his discontent with the current Republican leader in a very outspoken way.
On Thursday, during his address at the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas, Texas, the former president denounced bigotry, which seems to have become a staple of American politics as of late, he said.
“People of every race, religion, ethnicity can be fully and equally American,” he told the audience.
Adding that “bigotry or white supremacy in any form is blasphemy against the American creed,” the former president seemed to be targeting Trump directly.
Appearing to address the president’s reliance on conspiracy-prone websites and lack of faith in the American media, Bush added that “our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.”
Without ever mentioning Trump's name, Bush made clear that he was talking about the president during both of these moments. After all, it was Trump’s lack of resolve after the Charlottesville riots that prompted many to speculate that he was somehow condoning the activities many white supremacists had undertaken.
In addition, Bush addressed Trump's bullying, saying that his behavior serves as an example to others.
"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," he stated.
Unless Trump is ready to finally leave his blatantly racist rhetoric — and policies — behind in order to unite the country, it’s highly unlikely that GOP leaders will stop criticizing him.
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