Since the 2016 campaign trail when President Donald Trump called Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush “low energy,” it’s been a safe assumption that the Bush family isn’t the biggest fan of Trump. Who wouldn’t be? He went after Jeb mercilessly. Jeb did his best, bless his heart.
Jeb needn’t worry though. His family has stuck by him the entire way even after Trump’s shocking win. Big brother George W. Bush had his back on Thursday during a speech at the George W. Bush Institute. The speech in many ways seemed like indirect criticisms of Trump though Bush never mentioned him by name.
In one part of the speech, George W. Bush said bigotry seems to have been emboldened within the country.
‘Discontent deepened and sharpened partisan conflicts. Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.’
He then went on to make a remark that could be related to the fact that Trump can be such a bully in his comments about anyone who criticizes him. Bush said:
‘We’ve seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty. At times it can seem like the forces pulling us apart are stronger than the forces binding us together. Argument turns too easily into animosity, disagreement escalates into dehumanization.’
He also pointed at Trump’s nationalist agenda and how isolationism actually threatens Americans.
‘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.’
Then, Bush did something Trump has failed hard at doing. Bush actually denounced white supremacy and the growing bigotry within America. He called it a “blasphemy against the American creed.”
He also remarked that anyone, no matter what their race or religion, can be American.
‘Being American involves the embrace of high ideals and civic responsibility. We become the heirs of Thomas Jefferson by accepting the ideal of human dignity found in the Declaration of Independence, we become the heirs of James Madison by understanding the genius and values of the U.S. constitution, we become a heirs of Martin Luther King Jr. by recognizing one another not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. This means that people of every race, religion, and ethnicity can be fully and equally American.’
You can watch the full speech below: