He assured that the Republican Party has become “isolationism, protectionism, and a certain degree of nativism.”
WASHINGTON-Former U.S. President George W. Bush stated that the Republican Party has become “isolationism, protectionism and a certain degree of nativism,” adding that he is particularly concerned about anti-immigration rhetoric.
Bush told the National Broadcasting Corporation’s “Today” program on Tuesday: “We have a beautiful country, but when we condemn and insult people and intimidate immigrants, this is not a beautiful country.”
The former Republican president presided over the naturalization ceremony in New York. He said that his new book “One of the many people is a portrait of an American immigrant” aims to “enhance the scope of discussion.”
Bush did not mention Trump, who has drastically cut legal and illegal immigration during his tenure and tried to build a wall on the border with Mexico. Trump, also a Republican, has destroyed immigrants, calling them aggressors and “illegal foreigners,” and as a candidate, he called Mexicans “rapists.”
However, even after leaving the White House, Trump still controls the Republican Party. Last week, a group of far-right Republican congressmen discussed a panel meeting to defend the “Anglo-Saxon political tradition” and warned that mass immigration is endangering the “unique identity” of the United States.
When asked to describe the state of the party, Bush said: “I describe it as isolationism, protectionism, and to some extent a nativist.”
He added: “This is not exactly my vision as an old man, but I am just a retired old man.”