I dont like the racism and I dont like the name-calling and I dont like the people feeling alienated, the 70-year-old told the magazine.Nobody likes that.
Though Trump has repeatedly claimed hes the least racist person, many argue his actions say otherwise. Before his political career, the Justice Departmenthadtwice sueda Trump company in the 1970s for not renting to black people. In recent years, he was the driving force behind the birther movement, the conspiracy theory that former President Barack Obama wasnt born in the U.S. He also kicked off his 2016 presidential campaign by referring to Mexican immigrants as rapists.
The 43rd president, who had been reluctant to come down hard on Trump, told People that the Bush Center is involved with initiatives that appear to counter the new administrations policies. He listed several events at the presidential library and museum, such as pro-immigration programs and leadership training for Muslim women, to highlight the work.
Theres a lot of ways to speak out, Bush told People, but its really through actions defending the values important to [my wife Laura]and me. Were a blessed nation, and we ought to help others.
I am for an immigration policy that is welcoming and upholds the law,Bush told NBCs Today show.
Several federal judges have ruled against the measure. The president was expected to issue a new executive order on immigration this Wednesday.
CORRECTION:A previous version of this story mischaracterized a quote from former President George W. Bush to Matt Lauer about the 9/11 attacks. The quote has been removed.