During a Thursday New York speech sponsored by the Institute named after himself, former president George W. Bush never said President Trump’s name, yet nevertheless came down firmly against virtually every major policy position that the current president has taken.
One section best sums up what the New York Times called a “sustained rebuke to President Trump,” a segment in which the former president condemned what has become the three key tenets of Trumpism: immigration restrictions, fair trade, and less foreign interventionism.
“We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism, forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America,” said Bush. “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.”
First of all, to portray recent immigration patterns as anywhere similar to the waves of the past is more than disingenuous. The issue with conservatives isn’t immigration, but illegal immigration; and government services used to pay for it.
Bush, as is typical of free traders, represents Trump’s trade positions as if they aren’t friendly to trading with other nations. Free trade is good, as long as it is fair. When it’s not, it is American workers who suffer the brunt of stagnant wages and closed factories.
As for Bush’s rebuke of “isolationism,” how can America possibly police the entire world? And better yet, who pays for it, not only in dollars, but in human lives?
“We cannot wish globalism away,” Bush also said.
Maybe not, but Americans can speak loudly at the ballot box.
Naturally, John McCain ate it up:
Important speech by my friend, President George W. Bush today, reminding us of the values that have made America a beacon of hope for all.
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) October 19, 2017
In the same speech, Bush raised the specters of “bullying and prejudice,” as if President Trump and his supporters are happily engaged in all sorts of nefarious “cruelty and bigotry.”
As he left the hall, a reporter asked Bush if he thought the White House would hear his message.
“I think it will,” Bush said as he smiled and nodded.
Watch the speech below:
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