Ahead of Saturday’s special election for a Texas congressman who died after the Covid-19 deal, former President George W. Bush said the rise of Donald Trump supporters suggested that Republicans “want to disappear.”
The special election is in the sixth district, whose Republican Ron Wright died in February. Twenty-three candidates will run: all but one of the 1
One candidate, former wrestler Dan Rodimer, promised to “make America Texas again” and said “DC commissions are ruining America.”
Trump backed another, Susan Wright, the former congresswoman’s widow, who the former president said Saturday said, “will be strong on the border, crime, pro-life, our brave military and veterinarians, and will always defend your second amendment.”
Former Marine Michael Wood, a Republican who has not been loyal to Trump, told CNN he “fears for the country’s future” given his party’s adherence to Trump’s lie that the election was stolen and reluctance his to condemn those who rioted at the Capitol on January 6 in support of this lie and the spread of conspiracy theories such as QAnon.
“I felt I had to stand up,” Wood said. “Someone had to stand up and say that this is not what the Republican Party should be.”
However, it is so. In a CNN poll released Friday, 70 percent of Republicans said Biden had not legally won enough votes to be elected president. Biden won more than 7 million votes more than Trump and took the Electoral College 306-232, the same score that Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Bush is promoting a new book, a collection of portraits and stories of immigrants. In an interview published Friday by Dispatch, an anti-Trump conservative podcast, he was asked about recent moves by pro-Trump extremists to form a congressional club promoting “Anglo-Saxon traditions.”
“For me, that basically says we want to disappear,” he said.
If such trends continue, Bush said, in three to five years, “there will be no party. I mean, I read about it, and I say to myself, “Wow, these people need to read my book.” I mean, it’s like saying when I ran for governor of Texas, you’ll never get Latin votes because you’re a Republican. And I said you were watching. And I worked hard.
“And the most important thing was to let them know that I could hear their voice. I mean, democracy is great in that sense. And the idea of saying that you can only be a Republican if, then the ultimate continuation of that is that it eventually becomes a one-man party. “
Asked if he agreed with “more than 50 percent” of Republicans who believe the election was stolen, Bush said. “No. I guess I’m one of the other 50%.
“By the way, I’m still a Republican, I’m proud to be a Republican. I think Republicans will have a second chance to govern because I believe the Biden administration is a unifying factor, especially on the fiscal side. So, you know, we’ll see. But I know this – that if the Republican Party stands for exclusivity, you know, it used to be country clubs, now it’s obviously white Anglo-Saxon Protestantism, then it won’t win anything. “
Wood, the anti-Republican against Trump, said he voted for Trump in 2020. But he also said he believes “the party will eventually get to where I am.” I want this to happen without having to lose and lose and lose. Political parties sometimes get the message they need to try something different after a series of losses. I think we should do it now, instead of doing it after losing in the interim or losing new presidential elections. “
Texas’s sixth district has targeted Democrats in the last election, but is unlikely to turn around.
Earlier this week, Trump told Fox Business that he was “100% thinking about running” in 2024.
Rodimer, a former wrestler who is among the best money-makers in the Texas area, told CNN: “President Trump is still the leader of the Republican Party. I don’t think he will go anywhere, ever. I hope he doesn’t. If he runs again, I will be fired, I will be excited. ”