Jeb Bush, now known basically as the Trump-lite candidate, has been a bit testy lately over criticism of his use of the term "anchor baby." Last week he got visibly hot under the collar when questioned about it, and actually tried to defend using the term by saying it wasn't offensive. Maybe to him, it isn't...
Today during a press conference, he tried again, but took his defense of using the slur down a different path. It didn't go well.
From the transcript:
REPORTER: Do you worry that using the term "anchor babies" could affect your ability to win the Hispanic vote?
BUSH: No. Look, as I said in Spanish, my background, my life, uhh, the fact that I'm immersed in the immigrant experience...this is, this is ludicrous for the Clinton Campaign and others to suggest that somehow I'm using a derogatory term. What I was talking about was the specific case of fraud being committed, where there's organized efforts, and frankly, it's more related to Asian people coming into our country, having children in that organized efforts, taking advantage of a noble concept with birthright citizenship. I support the fourteenth amendment. Nothing about what I've said should be viewed as derogatory towards immigrants at all. This is all how politics plays, and by the way, I think
we need to take a step back and chill out a little bit as it relates to the political correctness...
Oh, so you really meant to slur Asian people? Oh, well, that makes it all better, doesn't it?
No. It doesn't. In fact that makes it spectacularly worse, and Jeb's chances of serving a third term for his brother George are now even smaller than Jeb! is.
Recall that, when his rival (or mentor, maybe?) Trump said Mexicans were rapists, Jeb! whose wife is Mexican, waited around for about a week before criticizing him for it. Then when Trump, much to the glee of his twisted fans, used the term "anchor baby," Jeb! stepped up and began using it too, hoping to lure those racist voters away from the Trumpster. It didn't work out.
Trump also lectured those who criticized his use of the term "anchor baby" as being too "politically correct." Now, today, we have Jeb! parroting that same excuse, but taking it a step further after realizing that most Hispanics take offense at his use of "anchor baby," even when he says it in Spanish. He now says he was referring to "Asian people," silly!
So now, thanks to Jeb!, in addition to Hispanics, blacks, gays, women, the poor, those who like clean air and water, health care, and decent wages, and so many more, the GOP can add Asians to the list of potential voters they've alienated.
As his brother George would say, "Heck of a job, Jeb!"
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