During a recent interview on the Dispatch podcast, former President George W. Bush suggested that the Republican Party needed to reach out to a more diverse coalition of voters if it expected to return to power.
“If your Republican Party stands for exclusivity – you know, it used to be country clubs, now evidently it’s white Anglo-Saxon Protestantism – then it’s not going to win anything,” Bush stated.
Bush was on the podcast to promote his new book of paintings, ‘Out of Many, One.” The new book showcases immigrant stories. He shares that the book is his way of pushing back at Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric.
“My whole point on all this immigration debate and stuff is, I think if we valued life as precious and every life matter, that we’re all God’s children, that all of a sudden the tone of the debate might be a little better,” Bush stated Thursday.
“I mean, I was discouraged when I saw some of the language associated with immigrants and wanted to present a different side,” he added.
Bush was asked during the podcast about the recent initiative from far-right controversial Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene to form a House “America First” caucus that’s in favor of “Anglo-Saxon political traditions,” with respect to immigration. Bush was asked if the GOP took that path would he continue to remain part of the party.
‘No, I’d say there’s not going to be a party,’ Bush stated. ‘You know, to me that basically says that we want to be extinct.”
Bush added that he remained ‘proudly’ a Republican and that he remained hopeful that the GOP could take power again.
“I think Republicans will have a second chance to govern because I believe that the Biden administration is a uniting factor, and particularly on the fiscal side of things. So, you know, we’ll see,” Bush stated expressing concern about inflation.
He then gave his WASP (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant) warning.
Bush also predicted during the interview that the best way to get something done on immigration was to break up a bill into pieces. He then blamed Democratic leadership within the Senate and himself for failing to get a comprehensive immigration bill through Congress in 2006.
“In 2006, if I could lay blame, it’d be to the Democratic leadership of the Senate for refusing to allow a bill to go forward without the amendment process,” Bush said. “Now, the reason I say it’s regret is that it’s my fault. I tried to reform Social Security before reforming immigration.”
He went on to assign more blame to people smuggling migrants across the border than to the Biden administration for the current crisis.
“I think the change of administrations enabled the coyotes and the propagandists and the exploiters to say, “Alright, now we can get you in,”‘ he stated.
During the interview, Bush also shared that he agreed with the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin case.
“The Floyd verdict causes me to give the grade, you know, A. Because I think the trial was fair and justice was served,” he stated.