George W. Bush attacks Trump much more harshly than he ever spoke of Barack Obama.
When George W. Bush attacks Trump on his trade policy after saying almost nothing about Obamacare, he demonstrates how delusional the establishment Republicans are. Bush bent over backwards to say nice things about President Obama. What does it tell us that Bush is more offended by a nationalist than a Marxist?
The former president took issue with a laundry list of Trump priorities, especially his trend toward isolating the United States through foreign policy and avoiding multilateral trade agreements.
And he took an obvious shot at Trump’s zeal for hardening border security and moving to limit levels of legal immigration.
‘We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism, forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America,’ he said.
‘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.’
Bush continued: ‘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.’
He left little doubt about laying his complaints at the current president’s feet, saying 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.’
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