Former president George W. Bush appeared to express his displeasure with President Trump in a speech in New York on Thursday, saying that “bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry.”

“Our young people need positive role models,” he added at a George W. Bush Institute forum in Manhattan, in remarks that did not mention the commander-in-chief by name.

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,” appearing to question Trump’s nationalist agenda.

The Bush family as a whole has been intensely critical of the president, especially failed candidate Jeb Bush. The Bushes reportedly did not cast their vote for Trump last November.

And while the 43rd president has largely stayed out of the spotlight, he attended his inauguration and reportedly commented “that was some weird s**t.” after the speech was over.


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