Former President George W. Bush has made headlines recently for his bold criticisms of President Trump and the current state of the Republican party.
This weekend, in a podcast interview with Stephen Hayes, Bush made wild claims that “there’s not going to be a party” much longer, and the reason for its destruction would be the Trump era rejection of (illegal) immigration.
Hinting at the racism of the party who supported him through nearly four years of approval ratings in the low teens, the former President said that “the idea of kind of saying you can only be Republican ‘if,’ then the ultimate extension of that is it ends up being a one-person party.”
“If the Republican Party stands for exclusivity – it used to be country clubs, now evidently it’s White Anglo-Saxon Protestantism – then it’s not going to win anything.”
He also claimed that sticking to the “America First” agenda is basically saying “we want to be extinct.”
Here’s the funny thing about that…
The Republican party has actually become a much more inclusive party since the days that George W. Bush served as de facto leader.
The facts just don’t agree with President Bush’s confident – and totally wrong – assertion.
President Bush received 11% of the black vote, President Trump received 12% in 2020.
President Bush received 35% of the Hispanic vote in 2000 and 40% in 2004.
In the 2020 election, President Trump received 32% of the Hispanic vote. While a percentage decrease, the Hispanic population in America grew significantly in those 20 years. In fact, it almost doubled! The census reports 60.6 million in 2019 and only 35.3 million in 2000. Millions more Hispanic votes went to President Trump than President Bush. Without any promises of open borders or amnesty!
Candidates like Mitt Romney and John McCain received even lower numbers in both categories, which contributed to their embarrassing losses in 2008 and 2012.
To continuously suggest that the leaders of the past know anything about growing the base of the party while they deny the facts of the most recent elections is completely ridiculous.
If George Bush would like a “bigger tent” GOP, he should be joining the Trump Republicans, not trashing them to any elitist publication that will listen.