During the seemingly never ending Republican presidential primary, Donald Trump made it a point to humiliate Jeb Bush in every way imaginable. Trump bashed Jeb so badly that the Bush family — including both Presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush — skipped the Republican National Convention altogether. With all this bad blood between the Bushes and Trump, you’d think that George Prescott Bush, Jeb’s oldest son who also happens to be Latino, would side with his family and refuse to support Trump. You’d be wrong.
On Saturday, George P. Bush, told a room of Texas Republican activists that he’s backing the GOP frontrunner. “From Team Bush, it’s a bitter pill to swallow, but you know what? You get back up and you help the man that won, and you make sure that we stop Hillary Clinton,” the younger, Latino Bush told the cheering crowd.
But why would George P. Bush go against his family like that?
Here’s the thing you have to know about George P. Bush: He’s a politician who more than likely has high aspirations. For years, we’ve been hearing inklings that boy George is both the future of the Bush family and Republican Party. In all likelihood, GPB is trying to follow in the footsteps of his dad and uncle, the former governors of Florida and Texas, respectively. Given that he’s currently serving as Texas Land Commissioner, it’s more likely that he’ll make his gubernatorial run in Texas.
Because this is Texas we’re talking about, and because he’s a Republican, the younger Bush has to appeal to extreme conservative voters, which is basically the same thing as Donald Trump supporters. Our best bet is that he doesn’t want Trump supporters checking their receipts when GPB runs and finding out that he didn’t back their man.
Speaking of checking the receipts…
One of the reasons GPB has been hailed as the future of conservatism is because he’s Latino. (His mom is a naturalized Mexican citizen.) The future of Texas will be Latino, a fact that Republicans are aware of. So, while they’re taking great measures to make it really hard for Latinos to vote RIGHT NOW, they’ll need a candidate of their own who can appeal to the Latinos DOWN THE LINE.
GPB knows the importance of the Latino vote. Here he is denouncing some straight up racist comments made by a Republican during the last gubernatorial election:
“If we’re going to be successful and be considered credible in the Hispanic community, we’ve got to denounce some of the ignorant statements that are made about Hispanics and the contributions we make, whether it’s to the military, our nation’s economy or to the history of Texas.”
That quote is from 2014, but could very well apply to Trump’s blatant appeal to racists. So why isn’t he denouncing him? Oh, right. The governorship.
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