President George W. Bush On Trump: “We’ve Seen Nationalism Distorted Into Nativism”

President George W. Bush On Trump: “We’ve Seen Nationalism Distorted Into Nativism”

Speaking in New York City today, former President George W. Bush took a not-too-veiled slap at Donald Trump’s extreme nationalist policy positions.

Just a few excerpts:

“Argument too easily turns into animosity. Disagreement escalates into dehumanization.”


“We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism. We need to recall and recover our own identity.”


“Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.”


“It means that bigotry and white supremacy in any form is blasphemy against the American creed, and it means the very identity of our nation depends on passing along civic ideals.”


“Bullying and prejudice in our public life … provides permission for cruelty and bigotry.”


“The only way to pass along civic values is to live up to them.”

There’s a lot more packed into even just this one minute clip below.