George W. Bush slams Donald Trump in blistering speech
Today, at an event at the George W. Bush Institute in New York, the former President himself gave a grave speech about the state of the country, noting that our differences are pulling us apart, and criticizing a certain brand of nationalism, which is certainly a dig at Donald Trump.
Bush said, most notably:
"Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication...We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism – forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America...
"We have 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."
Of course, he tells an old tale, one Donald Trump would dismiss as the 'false song of globalism'. In the same breath that he condemns bigotry, he uplifts the idea of waging war across the third world.
"We know, deep down, that repression is not the wave of the future. We know that the desire for freedom is not confined to, or owned by, any culture; it is the inborn hope of our humanity...And we know that when we lose sight of our ideals, it is not democracy that has failed. It is the failure of those charged with preserving and protecting democracy...
"This means that people of every race, religion, and ethnicity can be fully and equally American. It means that bigotry or white supremacy in any form is blasphemy against the American creed...In short, it is time for American institutions to step up and provide cultural and moral leadership for this nation."
You can see an excerpt of the speech here:
What a time to be alive, when the man who invaded and destroyed Iraq, as well as passed the Patriot Act, can stand and posture as a proponent of an open, inclusive, free world?
Many journalists on Twitter noted the contradictions of uplifting a man who killed and otherwise pushed away millions of Muslims as a defender of our values:
It is remarkable, that a Muslim ban is considered more Islamophobic than literally invading a Muslim-majority nation that had nothing to do with 9/11, and killing hundreds of thousands of its people. ISIS also rose to power in 2003, so in no small way, the vacuum of power created by the Iraq War gave rise to a new wave of terrorism.
George W. Bush also passed the Patriot Act and the TSA militarized under his rule, profiling Muslims and reducing Americans' civil liberties for the sake of stopping terror. Worse is Abu Ghraib and other instances of US troops committing torture, without repercussions. There is also the matter of George W. Bush and his administration lying to the public about Saddam Hussein having nukes, which remains an unsettled question despite the devastation it has had on Iraq.
As an American citizen, personally, I have zero interest in rehabilitating George W. Bush. Torture, surveillance and war are uglier than being against immigration. If Donald Trump did what George W. Bush did, he would literally be a war criminal. But for some reason, if the man behind a war doesn't act insane, people grant him the benefit of the doubt.
But you won't see Trump buddy-buddy on The Ellen Show anytime soon.