Former President George W. Bush spoke in an interview with People Magazine and had a few words of advice for the newly elected President, Donald Trump. Bush spoke his mind and didn’t mince words on a topic he is passionate about.
“I don’t like the racism and I don’t like the name-calling and I don’t like the people feeling alienated,” Bush said. “Nobody likes that.”
It’s important to note that Bush doesn’t see Trump as a racist, but the stigma has surrounded the president and his administration since he took office in January. In fact, Bush said in the same interview that Trump is the “least racist person” he has met.
The 70-year-old has been reluctant to criticize Trump but he has publically announced his dismay in how the nation is reacting to immigrants.
“There’s a lot of ways to speak out,” Bush told People, “but it’s really through actions defending the values important to [my wife Laura] and me. … We’re a blessed nation, and we ought to help others.”
Later in the interview, the 43rd president complimented Trump’s inauguration and how grateful he was to be present. “First of all, we were thrilled to be there. It’s a beautiful ceremony, it really is. It’s a peaceful transfer of power, which is very reassuring.”
Bush did explain that he isn’t concerned about the direction the country is heading. “I’m optimistic about where we’ll end up. … We’ve been through these periods before and we’ve always had a way to come out of it. I’m more optimistic than some.”
Bush has no plans on getting involved in the newly elected president’s business, just as he refused to comment when Obama was in office. “When President Obama got elected, friends would call: ‘You must speak out! You must do this, you must do that.”
Previously, Bush’s publicist told the public that he nor his wife Laura voted for Trump. Instead, they decided to stick with their family and write in his brother Jeb for the presidency.
It is clear that Bush has a few issue with presidents and the policies they implement, but he understands that it’s best not to get involved and let them run their course without interruption or public outcry from a previous president.
Bush was a stand-up guy when he was in office and nothing has changed since he led this country for eight years. He still is.