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Bush warns "bigotry seems emboldened" under Trump

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Bush's comments, which did not mention Trump directly, also touched on the hallmarks of the Trump era, including the increased presence of hate groups in public life.

"Our identity as a nation, unlike many other nations, is not determined by geography or ethnicity, by soil or blood", said Bush.

"Bigotry seems emboldened", he said.

Bush warned about the rise of bigotry in the USA and the consequences of rejecting the outside world as he delivered a speech at the "Spirit of Liberty" forum in New York City on Thursday.

The United States, Bush also said Thursday, must "harden its defenses" in the face of external threats, including confronting the threat of cyberattacks. "We need to recall and recover our own identity". "We've seen nationalism distorted into nativism", as he warned against protectionism and isolationism. "To renew our country, we only need to remember our values".

The former president listed a series of recommendations that he suggested would improve the state of democracy. 'Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry, and compromises the moral education of children'.

Bush took a veiled swipe at President Donald Trump Thursday, condemning the "casual cruelty" that marks today's political discourse.

The former president warned that going down such a path would lead the United States into greater danger as global partnerships are central to ensuring American security. "The American dream of upward mobility seems out of reach for some who feel left behind in a changing economy".

The former president said "people of every race, religion, and ethnicity can be fully and equally American" and that "bigotry or white supremacy in any form is blasphemy against the American creed".

At an event hosted by the George W. Bush Institute, the 43rd US president rattled off a thinly veiled litany of complaints about the current commander-in-chief, focusing on both his tone and his isolationist policy choices.

Bush also blasted some of the emerging elements of the far right, which presented themselves most prominently at the August rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned violent, with a counterprotester getting killed by a white supremacist.

"The cause of freedom justifies all our faith and effort". He said that Americans should pass civic ideals onto the next generation.



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