Breaking the traditional silence, two former US Presidents chose to voice their concerns publicly about the current leadership.

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Two former US Presidents have expressed concern about the political situation under the current White House administration led by Donald Trump.

Though ex-Presidents tend to refrain from voicing public criticism about their successors, both Barack Obama and George W. Bush chose to break away from that tradition. Neither of them, however, mentioned Trump by name.

Speaking in New Jersey, Obama lamented Trump’s “politics of division”, saying it belongs in the past. “Some of the politics we see now, we thought we’d put that to bed,” he said. “That’s folks looking 50 years back. It’s the 21st century, not the 19th century.”

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At another event in Virginia, Obama added, “Instead of our politics reflecting our values, we’ve got politics infecting our communities. Instead of looking for ways to work together and get things done in a practical way, we’ve got folks who are deliberately trying to make folks angry, to demonize people who have different ideas, to get the base all riled up because it provides a short-term tactical advantage.”

Just hours earlier, in New York, Bush said the political discourse has been “degraded.” “Bigotry seems emboldened,” he said. “Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.”

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“At times it can seem like the forces pulling us apart are stronger than the forces binding us together,” he continued. “Argument turns too easily into animosity. Disagreement escalates into dehumanization.”