Obama, Bush launch veiled attacks on Trump

Obama, Bush launch veiled attacks on Trump

George W Bush: "Bigotry seems emboldened".

"Bigotry seems emboldened", Bush went on.

All five living former US presidents are attending a fundraising concert Saturday to benefit the victims of hurricanes that ravaged homes in the United States and the USA territories of Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands in recent months.

"America is experiencing the sustained attempt by a hostile power to feed and exploit our country's divisions", Bush said at a Bush Institute summit in New York City.

Remarks on the same day by former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama raise the prospect that more dissenters will follow in defiance of President Donald Trump and his policies. "Our governing class has often been paralyzed in the face of obvious and pressing needs". Discontent deepened and sharpened partisan conflicts.

At a NY forum sponsored by the Bush presidential centre, Bush offered a blunt assessment of a political system corrupted by "conspiracy theories and outright fabrication" in which nationalism has been "distorted into nativism".

The forum was branded as being "focused on freedom, free markets, and security". Unfortunately, the speeches also trotted out some exhausted clichés about division in American politics, with Bush calling out Russian Federation for taking advantage of those divisions.

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Earlier in the conference, Bush's secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, said that the Trump administration, while supporting values like democracy and human rights in certain situations, wasn't sending a clear message to the world.

This defense, Bush said, "begins with confronting a new era of cyber threats. We've seen nationalism distorted into nativism, [and] forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America".

In his first public appearance at a campaign rally since leaving office nine months ago, Obama said: "You'll notice I haven't been commenting on politics a lot lately, but here's one thing I know: If you have to win a campaign by dividing people, you're not going to be able to govern".

PixabayAt least Obama did not describe a mythical American past when politics was more cordial, as some advocates of less divisiveness in US politics do.

"What we can't have is the same old politics of division that we have seen so many times before, that dates back centuries". "Some of the things we see now, we thought we put that to bed". It's the 21st century, not the 19th century.

In separate speeches, Bush and Obama both rejected cruelty and bigotry.

It is rare for ex-presidents to criticize an administration at any point, even past the so-called grace period.

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