In a rare public speech on Thurs, former President George W. Rose bush blasted the state of discourse which has marked President Trumpâs first 9 months in office.
âBigotry seems emboldened,â Rose bush said in his opening remarks on the Bush Instituteâs Spirit of Freedom event in New York City. âOur politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.â
âWeâve seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty,â the previous president continued. âAt times, it could 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.â
Bush did not point out Trump by name. But their comments came just three times after the president falsely suggested that will neither he nor former Leader Barack Obama had called to provide their condolences to the families of dropped soldiers.
And the 43rd Oughout. S. president â? who was the who strongly condemned the assault that erupted during a white supremacist rally in August in Charlottesville, Va. â? seemingly had Trumpâs âAmerica firstâ doctrine in mind.
âWeâve seen nationalism distorted into nativism,â Rose bush said, warning that âbigotry or white supremacy in any form is blasphemy against the American creed.â
He continuing: âBullying 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.â
Though they are each Republicans, Bush and Trump is much apart when it comes to how they speak about ethnic and religious minorities.
After the particular Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Rose bush visited an Islamic center within Washington D. C., to beg for tolerance towards Muslims even while he vowed to seek retribution for that terrorists. Trump once reacted in order to terrorism abroad by touting the baseless anti-Muslim war-crime tale.
âWeâve seen the return of isolationist sentiments,â Bush said, âforgetting 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 can reemerge.â
The former chief executive then unveiled a âcall to action,â setting out five recommendations for restoring âAmericaâs identity.â One of them: confronting Russiaâs interference in the Oughout. S. election.
âAccording to our intelligence services, the Russian government has made a project of turning Americans against each other,â Bush stated. âThis effort is broad, systemic and stealthy. Itâs conducted across a range of social media platforms. Ultimately, this assault wonât succeed. But foreign aggressions, including cyberattacks, disinformation and financial influence, should never be downplayed or tolerated.â
Bush also said the United States should engage with world leaders on the worldwide stage.
âWe cannot wish globalization away,â he said.
Finally, Bush said, elected officials should project âcultural and moral leadershipâ in order to combat âa crisis of confidence.â
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