George W. Bush doesn't like the Trump-era 'racism and name-calling' 

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Former President George W. Bush has been busy settling into his post-White House life as a painter, but he still has a few things to say about politics.

In a recent interview with People magazine, he admitted he does have an issue with the current climate in the country.

Said Bush, "I don't like the racism and I don't like the name-calling and I don't like the people feeling alienated. Nobody likes that."

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Former President George W. Bush arrives for the 58th U.S. Presidential Inauguration where Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America in Washington, USA on January 20, 2017.

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Former first lady Rosalynn Carter, Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, former first lady Hillary Clinton, and former President George W. Bush attend the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. In today's inauguration ceremony Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States.

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Former President George W. Bush keeps covered under the rain during the inauguration ceremonies swearing in Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States on the West front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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Former U.S. President George W. Bush embraces Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarance Thomas during the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. In today's inauguration ceremony Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States.

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Former Presidents Jimmy Carter (R) speaks hands with George W. Bush, as former Vice President Dan Quayle looks on, at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. In today's inauguration ceremony Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States.

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Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and former President George W. Bush attend Donald Trump Inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. In today's inauguration ceremony Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States.

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Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and former President George W. Bush greet Michele Obama and Jill Biden at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. In today's inauguration ceremony Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States.

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Former George W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush depart after inauguration ceremonies at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2017.

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President Obama greets President-elect Donald Trump as former president Bill Clinton, his wife Hillary, and former President George W Bush and his wife Laura look on at the inauguration ceremonies swearing in Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States on the West front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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George and Laura Bush attend the inauguration ceremonies to swear in Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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Former US President of the United States George W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush arrive at the Capitol Building before President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in at the 58th Presidential Inauguration on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., January 20, 2017.

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Hillary Clinton and former U.S. President George W. Bush talk before the inauguration of Donald Trump as 45th president of the United States in Washington, DC, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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Former President George W. Bush, former first Lady Laura Bush, left, and Secretary Hillary Clinton, right are seen on the West Front of the Capitol before President Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, January 20, 2017. Former Vice President Dick Cheney, left, and his wife Lynne, also appear.

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He further noted that the political climate in Washington, D.C. is "pretty ugly."

Nonetheless, he did express hope, commenting, "I'm optimistic about where we'll end up...We've been through these periods before and we've always had a way to come out of it. I'm more optimistic than some."

When asked if he planned to inject himself into the current political situation, he said that he does not, but mentioned, "However, at the Bush Center we are speaking up."

The center has a number of programs that aid immigration and support those choosing to make a life in the United States, notes the Huffington Post.

In a recent interview on NBC's Today show, Bush noted that he is in favor of an immigration policy "...that's welcoming and that upholds the law."

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