Former Republican president, George W. Bush and his wife were interviewed in their home by PEOPLE magazine. Asked for his thoughts on his republican counterpart, Donald Trump, Bush answered the only way he could, by referencing the obvious racist factor of the Trump’s presidency.
“I don’t like the racism and I don’t like the name-calling and I don’t like the people feeling alienated,” Bush, 70, tells PEOPLE in an interview for the new issue of the magazine on newsstands Friday.
“Nobody likes that.”
The former president, joined by his wife Laura, spoke with PEOPLE in the third-floor painting studio of their Dallas home to launch his first art book, Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors. The collection of portraits of the wounded warriors of America’s war on terror aims to raise awareness and funds for the post-9/11 veterans’ health care and employment programs of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.
Donald Trump was “elected” with the help of people like the KKK, who said that Trump represent the type of things they believed in. And since his “election,” Trump has put in power numerous people of questionable racial beliefs. Among these people is Trump’s new adviser, Reed Cordish, an executive of the Cordish Companies and being sued for hiring white men to beat up black people.
On Wednesday, Trump tapped Reed Cordish as assistant to the president for intergovernmental and technology initiatives. Cordish is an executive of the Cordish Companies, his family’s Baltimore-based real-estate business, and the president of Entertainment Concepts Investors, a subsidiary that owns and manages bars, restaurants, and clubs throughout the U.S.
But the Power and Light District, a half-million-square-foot downtown shopping and entertainment center, has a dark reputation among the city’s black community. Two separate lawsuits against the companies say the area is commonly referred to as the “Power and White District” for its owner’s alleged record of racial discrimination.
In 2014, Dante Combs and Adam Williams sued as the lead plaintiffs in a $5 million class-action racial-discrimination case. Cordish’s business won an initial ruling in a federal district court, but Combs and Williams are appealing the decision.
The two plaintiffs say they were beaten and harassed by white men employed by the Cordish company to “lighten up” its clubs as part of a long-running campaign to keep away black people.
Cordish is the latest Trump pick with an alleged racist past.
When Donald Trump stood in front of an audience and proclaimed, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone, and not lose a vote,” he was talking about people like this Chicago woman!
When Donald Trump tagged Jeff Sessions, a man who previously lost a congressional confirmation battle for a federal judgeship due to his racist views, no one thought Sessions would get another chance to get a cabinet position in any future administration. But here he is, being considered by Donald Trump to be the next Attorney General.
Of course, Fox News will bring on people sympathetic to racist. In defending one of Session’s racist remarks, where he referred to a black man as “boy,” David Clark found nothing wrong with that because he too refers to himself as a boy too.
DAVID CLARKE: Look, nobody’s perfect. If he made some statements, he called somebody boy —
MEGYN KELLY (HOST): Don’t worry, Eric, we’ll get to you.
CLARKE: Megyn, I refer to myself as that.
ERIC GUSTER: Can I answer the question, Megyn?
CLARKE: When someone says, Sheriff, where you from? I tell them, I tell them I’m a Milwaukee boy. OK, if some people are offended by that, I get that, but that’s being hypersensitive.
Before Donald Trump came along, these people lived content little lives under a racist rock in their racist neck of the woods. They stayed stuck in their racist bubble of hate while the rest of the America worked towards putting our differences aside. But since they got one of their own in the White House, these racists are now out of the woodwork and they are spreading their message of hate from the mountain tops.
For his part, Donald Trump is helping out by bringing a known racist like Steve Bannon as his chief adviser.
Meanwhile, speaking about spreading their message from the mountain top, CNN introduces a panel featuring another known racist named Richard Spencer. In the segment below, Spencer spews his hate and asks if “Jews are people or instead soulless golems?”
If you’re not a white male between the ages of 65 and 85, then you have something to worried about in this Trump era.
At a national meeting of the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish civil rights group, about 1,000 people listened to talks expressing shock at the hatred expressed during the presidential campaign and questioned what they thought was a high-level of acceptance by other Americans.
“I’m struggling right now in this American moment,” said Yehuda Kurtzer, president of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, an education and research organization, in his talk at the event. “I wonder whether I have been — and I think the answer is probably yes — a little bit naive.”
During this past year, anti-Semitic imagery proliferated on social media, Jewish journalists were targeted and longstanding anti-Jewish conspiracy theories got a fresh airing. Much of the bias originated with the alt-right, or alternative right, a loose group espousing a provocative and reactionary strain of conservatism. It’s often associated with far right efforts to preserve “white identity,” oppose multiculturalism and defend “Western values.”
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there have been over 200 hate crimes in the week since Donald Trump was elected.
I guess you can say his election emboldened hate and racism.
— (((Adam Milstein))) (@AdamMilstein) November 14, 2016