As he argued forcefully Wednesday and Thursday that Trump is not a true conservative with a record of accomplishment like his own, Bush found himself defending his own use of the term “anchor babies” to describe the children of undocumented immigrants born in the U.S.
Indeed, Trump has been accused of racism and xenophobia for his controversial plan to erect a massive wall on the U.S.-Mexican border to keep out the massive inflow of illegal migrants, and the GOP establishment frets such a stance will not help them in America’s new multi-cultural landscape.
“You can fill out your tax return in Estonia online in five minutes”, Bush, 62, has marvelled a number of times.
The Hispanic Leadership Network, a GOP Hispanic outreach group with extensive ties to Bush, didn’t provide an alternative in 2013 when it instructed Republican officials to stop using the phrase. Llamas yelled, “Are you aware the term anchor baby, that an offensive term?”
Bush said Thursday that he did not regret using the term “anchor babies“, which some people view as offensive.
What is sad here is that Bush, along with the rest of the 2016 Republican presidential candidates, is being dragged down by the ongoing dominance of Donald Trump in the polls.
“Look here’s the deal”.
“It’s all about him“, Bush said.
“I think that people born in this country ought to be American citizens”, he said.
“I’m talking about in general when you just- huge kind of tidal wave of accusations or bombastic talk”. “You want to get to the policy for a second?”
He continued: “It’s pithy and I think it evokes some images that – it’s a code word”.
Bush is speaking Friday in Columbus, Ohio, at the annual summit of the Kochs’ flagship conservative organization, Americans for Prosperity.
The idea of an “anchor baby” is centered, in part, on the assumption that having an American-born child can protect undocumented people from deportation. I used a vile term that I’ve heard others use, and I shouldn’t have.
“I think what people are eventually going to vote for is a proven conservative leader that’s done it”, Bush said in a video of the event released by his campaign.
MUIR: All right, Tom llamas with the tough questions out there on the campaign trail.
Despite Bush’s comments, he has said he does not want to end birthright citizenship.
Even in this month’s first debate, Bush swatted down a story that he had allegedly called Trump a “buffoon” and a “clown”, only saying that Trump’s language had been “divisive”. Bush is no Trump when it comes to espousing policies that hurt immigrants just to pander to voters. “They’re sleeping!”
“No, I don’t. I don’t regret it”, said Bush.
JEB BUSH: He’s been a Democrat longer than being a Republican.
Bush’s fiercest criticism today came from the other side – his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.