George W. Bush on Thursday delivered a stunning address at his namesake presidential center, issuing a brutal takedown of Donald Trump without ever saying the president’s name.
“Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry, and compromises the moral education of children,” Bush said in the 16-minute speech. “The only way to pass along civic values is to first live up to them.”
News that George W. Bush—who led the United States into its longest war to-date, and has sometimes been described as a “war criminal”—is now the “voice of reason” shocked the Internet on Thursday.
Read some of the best responses, below:
This is much like Romney's anti-Trump speech from the campaign, during which Bush stayed quiet. https://t.co/u9O6WdFhm2— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale) 1508427448.0
I need a meme that captures this feeling about the twist of fate that makes me feel fond of hearing George W. Bush speak about America.— Jamal Simmons (@Jamal Simmons) 1508428017.0
Jeez... I am longing for the intelligence, wisdom and class of this man. That's how bad a president… https://t.co/ZGOtULacLK— Andy Ostroy (@Andy Ostroy) 1508427975.0
When George W Bush makes you yearn for his presidency it’s time to get rid of demented deranged racist @potus.… https://t.co/r82wiyZBi0— Lesley Abravanel🆘 (@Lesley Abravanel🆘) 1508428124.0
George W Bush warning of the dangers of fabricating truth is rich. https://t.co/KDuVR8ZGIz— johnknefel (@johnknefel) 1508428081.0
"Boy I wish George W Bush was president" he thought, watching the former president speak & realizing how fucked it is to truly feel that way— Matt Passet (@Matt Passet) 1508428071.0
I have never said this phrase before...but I agree 100% with what GW Bush says here. He is spot on. Refreshing. https://t.co/H04X4ekN8a— Steven Cohn (@Steven Cohn) 1508428206.0
I'm old enough to remember when I thought George W. Bush was buffoon. Now he looks like a sage. The times we live i… https://t.co/YowNav4P7W— Erin Strout (@Erin Strout) 1508427616.0
@owillis Bush is calling out Trumpism?— Greg (@Greg) 1508427436.0
George W. Bush just spoke out against white supremacy. This is not rocket science, people— Will Bunch Sign Up For My Newsletter (@Will Bunch Sign Up For My Newsletter) 1508427428.0
George W. Bush has become the voice of reason. What a world. https://t.co/H7g5BoLyzT— Trevor Robb (@Trevor Robb) 1508428293.0
Remarkable this needs repeating today: “Bigotry & white supremacy, in any form, is blasphemy against the American c… https://t.co/Gu8ZcBLHq8— Jim Sciutto (@Jim Sciutto) 1508428370.0