George W. Bush, seeming to take aim at President Trump, expressed grave concerns about the state of U.S. politics in a speech at the Bush Institute:

  • "Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication."
  • "Our young people need positive role models. Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry, and compromises the moral education of children."

George W. Bush on the US: "Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seem more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication." pic.twitter.com/JLkZcmQWFL— Axios (@axios) October 19, 2017More from Bush"We need to recall and recover our own identity.""We cannot wish globalization away, any more than we could wish away the Agricultural Revolution or the Industrial Revolution.""Argument turns too easily into animosity. Disagreement escalates into dehumanization. Too often we judge other groups by their worst examples while judging ourselves by our best intentions."George W. Bush: "Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry..." pic.twitter.com/C94a7U6gog— Axios (@axios) October 19, 2017

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Why it matters: This review is the first formal step the Redskins are taking since the debate surrounding the name first began. It comes after weeks of discussions between the team and the NFL, the team said.