Bush says if GOP stands for 'White Anglo-Saxon Protestantism, then it's not going to win anything'
May 3, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush arrive before US president-elect Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th US President on January 20, 2021, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. (Photo by JIM LO SCALZO / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JIM LO SCALZO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Former President George W. Bush again criticized what he sees as a Republican Party that is not inclusive enough, arguing that if it stands for "White Anglo-Saxon Protestantism, then it's not going to win anything."
Bush, who said he does not believe the election was stolen, told The Dispatch that while he believes Republicans will eventually govern again, "if the 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 has in recent weeks described the Republican Party as "isolationist, protectionist and, to a certain extent, nativist," and written about the need for a gentler approach to immigration in contrast to much of the hardline rhetoric that dominates the current GOP in the post-Trump era.
Bush, who has experienced immigrants for years in Texas and embraces immigration, said he can understand why those without that experience might feel differently.