George W. Bush Bashes Trumpism: ‘Blasphemy Against the American Creed’

President George W. Bush spoke out Thursday about the state of American politics and denounced the bigotry that he said “seems emboldened” as of late. “People of every race, religion, ethnicity can be fully and equally American,” he said during an address at the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas, Texas. “It means that bigotry or white supremacy in any form is blasphemy against the American creed.” The former president also said that “our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.” Bush did not specifically name President Trump, whose many controversial, equivocating statements on racism have been credited with emboldening a new spate of white-supremacist activists.