The comments of the 43rd president – who recently criticized the modern Republican Party with frankness that was unusual for him in retirement – speak of a rift in the party, which on the one hand insists on doubling former President Donald Trump’s brand of nativist politics and another, who wants to go back to the more traditional GOP that Bush once led.
Bush made the remark in an interview for a podcast on The Dispatch last week in response to a question about Republican members planning to start a parliamentary group, insisting on the “Anglo-Saxon political tradition” and Republicans spreading the lie that the 2020 election. are stolen. Bush, who said he did not believe the election was stolen, told The Dispatch that while he believed Republicans would eventually rule again, “if the Republican Party advocates exclusivity ̵
1; you know, before that they were country clubs, now obviously these are white Anglo-Saxon Protestantism – then it will win nothing. “
However, it is unclear whether the former president’s guidelines will find an audience among the Republican republic whose leaders are reluctant to oppose former President Donald Trump and his base.
In recent days, Utah Senator Mitt Romney has been booed by Republican CSO delegates at the Republican Party’s organizational convention in Utah, who are still angry at the 2012 presidential nominee’s vote condemning Trump as in the 2020 impeachment proceedings. ., and in 2021, Wyoming representative Liz Cheney, the third-ranked Republican in the House who also voted to impeach Trump this year, was again targeted by Trump and his allies in Congress after she said Republicans who have objected to the certification of the results by the Electoral College on January 6 should be deprived of the right to lead the party.
In recent weeks, Bush has described the Republican Party as “isolationist, protectionist and somewhat nativist” and wrote about the need for a gentler approach to immigration, as opposed to much of the rigid rhetoric that dominates the current post-Trump GP.
The former president has appeared in the media to promote his new book, a collection of portraits of American immigrants he has painted, titled “From Many, One,” which was accidentally released during a heated immigration debate in Washington.
Bush, who lives in Texas, has been emphasizing the immigrant community in his home state for years and often praises America’s immigrant history while advocating for immigration policies.
“I fully understand the populist anxiety that comes with the immigration debate,” he told The Dispatch on Friday.
Bush, who has experienced immigrants in Texas for years and embraces immigration, said he could understand why those without that experience might feel differently.
One of the reasons I saw him was that I was studying history and I, you know, I remember the “I Know Nothing” party, fiercely anti-immigrant. I remember the immigration policy of the 1920s: “too many Jews and Italians.” zero immigrants, except, of course, on the Texas border, where immigrants always came to help, you know, farmers and farmers, but yes, I fully understand that, but I also know that without these immigrants, the economies of these areas would be “You know, insignificant,” Bush told The Dispatch.
“The goal of responsible politicians is to say, ‘Look, we fully understand where you come from,'” he said, adding that politicians should also shed light on “the positive contribution of these citizens.”
“It’s a natural phenomenon and it’s not a one-time experience here,” Bush said. “We have been experiencing these spasms of anxiety for a long time. On the other hand, a confident nation says, “E pluribis unum.” “
CNN’s Chandelis Duster, Maeve Reston, Lauren Fox, Alex Rogers and Manu Raju contributed to this report.