WASHINGTON—Former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush delivered a veiled prod to Donald Trump Thursday night, both emphasizing that whoever is Commander-in-Chief should display humility in office.
Joining Clinton on stage at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas for a conversation, Bush praised his predecessor for being “humble in victory” after winning 1992’s election against his father, George H.W. Bush.
The quality, Bush said, helped Clinton deal with others while serving.
While neither of the former presidents mentioned Trump by name, Clinton landed a more on-the-nose critique.
“You don’t want to say: ‘God, look at all the people I beat. The people I worked over,’” Clinton said. “I think the most important thing is to be humble, to listen, to realize everyone has a story.”
Trump has repeatedly boasted about his surprise 2016 election win since taking office in interviews and public appearances.
While coming from other sides of the aisle and representing opposing political legacies, both former presidents emphasized their friendship.
Bush, at one point, described Clinton as a “brother from another mother.”