Washington( CNN) Former President George W. Bush denounced bigotry and white supremacy Thursday while endorsing policies that run counter to those supported by President Donald Trump.

“Our identity as a commonwealth, unlike other nations, is not determined by geography or ethnicity, by clay or blood . … This means that people from every race, religion, ethnicity can be full and equally American, ” he said during statements at the George W. Bush Institute in New York City. “It means that bigotry and white ascendancy, in any form, is blasphemy against the American creed.”

He added that “bigotry seems emboldened, ” though he didn’t explain why.