Did George W. Bush just throw some shade at Donald Trump??
It seems that may be the case! On Thursday, the former President seemingly took shots at Trumpism while giving a speech at the Bush Institute‘s Spirit of Liberty event in New York. Oh snap!!
During his address, the longtime politician warned attendees to be wary of “conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.” Specifically, Bush noted:
“Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication… 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. We need a renewed emphasis on civic learning in schools… And our young people need positive role models. 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.”
Now, 43 didn’t necessarily name Trump, but that remark about bullying was clearly a direct shot at POTUS. Not to mention, hours before Bush’s speech, Trump took to Twitter and suggested that Russian officials, the FBI, and the Democratic Party worked together to create dossier about him.
Workers of firm involved with the discredited and Fake Dossier take the 5th. Who paid for it, Russia, the FBI or the Dems (or all)?
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 19, 2017
Smh. Anywho, Laura Bush‘s husband continued:
“When we lose sight of our ideals, it is not democracy that has failed. It is the failure of those charged with protecting and defending democracy. We need to recall and recover our own identity. Americans have great advantage. To renew our country, we only need to remember our values.”
Understandably, Twitter is blowing up with responses following Bush’s apparent rebuke of the Trump administration. See the best reactions (below)!
Important speech by my friend, President George W. Bush today, reminding us of the values that have made America a beacon of hope for all.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) October 19, 2017
George W. Bush just slammed white supremacy, racism and bigotry . In other words, Donald Trump
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Luisa Haynes (@wokeluisa) October 19, 2017
When you can’t stand George W. Bush and his cruel acts of war and deceit in office. But he’s calling out Trumps blatant racism/bigotry ├░┼╕╦£┬⌐ pic.twitter.com/UGBRxXpJX0
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ NYG 1-0 since week 5 (@jimmy_coppa) October 19, 2017
I am apparently living in an alternate reality… George W. Bush is making sense???
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Boston #Resist45 (@GirlNamedBoston) October 19, 2017
All five living former Presidents came together to form a partnership last month, and now the most conservative of the five ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ George W. Bush ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ is taking a calculated but brutal shot at Trump. Something is afoot here behind the scenes. Watch this space.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) October 19, 2017
George W. Bush deserves some ├ó┬¥┬ñ today
Told the truth about Trump
And he did it Obama style, never mentioning Trump by name
I am floored
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ CaptainsLog2017 ├░┼╕ΓÇôΓÇô├░┼╕┬Å┬╜├░┼╕┼Æ┬╡ (@CaptainsLog2017) October 19, 2017
So George W. Bush speaks out against racism and conservatives are attacking him for it. Then they wonder why people call them racist.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ John-Boi (@darthhawk82) October 19, 2017
What do YOU think?? Did you find Bush’s speech moving??
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