Bush warns "bigotry seems emboldened" under Trump

Bush warns

Bush, without mentioning President Donald Trump by name, delivered a stinging rebuke Thursday about the nation's growing isolationism, saying that when combined with discourse that is "degraded by casual cruelty", and interference from Russian Federation, are resulting in division among Americans.

Without mentioning Trump by name, the former United States president urged Americans to reject white supremacy and embrace globalization in a speech organized by the institute that bears his name in NY.

"Bigotry in any form is blasphemy against the American creed and it means the very identity of our nation depends on the passing of civic ideals to the next generation".

Bush said that there should be a projection of American leadership, the importance of active citizenship should be strengthened and trust in democratic institutions should be restored.

"And our young people need positive role models", said Bush, a devoted husband and father and the author of a senseless war that killed more than a million people.

"[It] sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry, and compromises the moral education of children", said Bush. "The only way to pass along civic values is to first live up to them", he said.

The speech marked a rare appearance for Mr Bush, who has tended to avoid public statements despite expressing unease with Mr Trump when he ran for president.

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Bush, who made the freedom agenda a key pillar of his presidency, also called on the United States to lead a rejuvenation of the Western, liberal world order, which he described as under attack. "We see a fading confidence in the value of free markets and worldwide trade, forgetting that conflict, instability and poverty follow in the wake of protectionism", Bush said".

Bush identified the dangers of US nationalism being turned into nativism during a speech hosted by the George W. Bush Institute on Thursday.

He spoke about white supremacy, waning support for democracy, and Russia's influence in the 2016 USA presidential election.

Bush called for America to "recall and recover" its identity, warning of the consequences of abandoning globalism.

He added, "We have seen nationalism distorted into nativism". "It is the failure of those charged with protecting and defending democracy", he said.

But even as lawmakers act to tighten regulations, Bush, whose tenure was marked by partisan bickering, warned there are stark divisions within American society. "We need, though, a narrative that says human rights, democracy, what happens in other countries matters to us". "Americans have a great advantage". But Bush's comments actually hark back to a more thorough takedown of Trump's worldview that McCain delivered back in February.

Watch the speech in full below, and you can bet that we'll be hoping the former president's words inspire other high-profile individuals to speak up for what they believe in after being silent for far, far too long.

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