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George W. Bush Slams #MAGA: Nativism, Bigotry, ‘Casual Cruelty’ Pulling Us Apart

Former President George W. Bush delivered a speech on Thursday where he railed against bigotry, rampant nationalism and the forces of partisan division that threaten to tear apart the country.

As Bush acknowledged America’s challenges in his New York address, he expressed concern about the spread of nativist isolationism and partisan conflict around the world. Bush warned that the impact on America has resulted in a “crisis of confidence” that endangers the national spirit:

We’ve seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty. At times it can seem like the forces pulling us apart are stronger than the forces binding us together. Argument turns easily into animosity. Disagreement escalates into dehumanization. Too often we judge other groups by their worst examples while judging ourselves by our best intentions, forgetting the image of God we should see in each other. We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism. Forgotten the dynamism immigration has always brought to America. We see a fading confidence in the value of free markets and international trade, forgetting that conflict, instability and poverty follow in the wake of protectionism. We’ve 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.

Bush went on to speak about how America needs to reaffirm its values and identity, even as it deals with national security threats and foreign efforts to sow division. The former president also spoke of the importance that America maintains its global leadership status by confronting international challenges and adapting to socioeconomic change.

“Being American involves the embrace of high ideals and civic responsibility,” said Bush. “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.”

Earlier this week, Senator John McCain struck a similar tone when he gave a speech warning against the spread of “half-baked, spurious nationalism.” The remarks were seen by many as a rebuke against President Trump.

Watch above, via Fox News.

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