George Bush: “White Anglo-Saxon Protestantism” Will Not Win Republican Party Anything

In a recent interview with The Dispatch, former president George W. Bush asserted that if the Republican Party championed “exclusivity” and “white Anglo-Saxon Protestantism” it would “not win anything.”

In the interview, conducted by Sarah Isgur and Stephen F. Hayes, the 43rd president was asked about Republican members who had espoused the implementation of “Anglo-Saxon traditions” into law. Hayes was referencing proposals made by pro-Trump lawmakers in favour of an ‘America First’ caucus in the House of Representatives which call for a “common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions.”

“The idea of saying you can only be Republican ‘if,’ then the ultimate extension of that is it ends up being a one-person party ... I know this - that if the Republican Party stands for exclusivity, you know, used to be country clubs, now evidently it’s white Anglo-Saxon Protestantism, then it's not going to win anything,” Bush stated. 

Additionally, Bush affirmed that he was still “proudly a Republican” but that there would “not be a party” if the GOP “followed the strain” of calling for “Anglo-Saxon traditions.”

“It's like saying when I was running for governor of Texas, you'll never get any Latino votes because you're Republican. And I said you watch. And I worked hard. And the key thing was to let them know that I could hear their voice. I mean, democracy is great in that sense,” he continued. 

Last month, the former president told NBC Today host, Hoda Kotb, that he would describe the current Republican party as “isolationist, protectionist and to a certain extent, nativist.” Bush also rejected the notion that President Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential election win was “stolen” from former President Trump.



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