Bush and Obama Speak Out Against Trump
The POTUS calling the kettle black? In a rare public address yesterday, former President George W. Bush warned that “conspiracy theories” and “nationalism distorted into nativism” pose threats to democracy, and called out “casual cruelty” in public discourse. At a separate event, former President Barack Obama lamented the “politics of division.” Though neither named names, the speeches were widely seen as rebukes of President Donald Trump. Criticism of a sitting president by a predecessor so early in a term is nearly unprecedented, though Trump has disparaged both men throughout his presidency.