This isn’t funny anymore. We’ve mocked Donald Trump for being blatantly racist and misogynistic. He seemed a caricature of the worst impulses of the Republican party, from his insanely obsolete social politics to his doublespeak about how politicians are corrupt because they can be bought, so why not bring in a rich guy who’s bought a bunch? But one poll after another has shown that these kind of gross and often confounding statements are popular. Or at least more popular than the other conservatives elbowing for coverage. And now it seems one of them is gunning hard to show he can be the Trump you want.
Ugh. I feel sick.
Since both his dad and brother have been president, Jeb Bush seemed an early frontrunner back when he wasn’t really running. But since then, he’s been battling for focus with the reality TV star turned national nightmare. And if you can’t beat ‘em, imitate ‘im? Rather than apologizing or backing off of his “anchor babies” statement, Bush has followed Trump’s lead, staying true to its racist tone while insisting it’s PC culture that’s really the problem.
A few things:
1) “As I said in Spanish” is now my favorite short-hand for “I think I’m better than you.”
2) Jeb is annoyed you’re getting all caught up on his words, and not his intentions. Guys, it doesn’t matter what a president says, just what he means. Get it together.
3) The Latino
vote population is not the problem. It’s the Asians.
4) “And by the way I think we need to take a step back and chill out a bit as it relates to the political correctness that somehow you have to be scolded every time you say something.”
BUSH 2016: Listen to my meanings, not my word speakings.
In related news, Bush is being called out for following Trump’s lead by both of his biggest political rivals.
Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton tweeted this ad:
He may not have Trump�s pizzazz, but when it comes to ideas on immigration, Jeb may as well be the same candidate. https://t.co/xdFoNzKHwR— The Briefing (@TheBriefing2016) August 24, 2015
And of course Trump bragged about “anchor babies,” saying he firsted:
Jeb Bush signed memo saying not to use the term "anchor babies," offensive. Now he wants to use it because I use it. Stay true to yourself!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 21, 2015
Someone tell me it’s all going to be okay. I need it.
Kristy Puchko can’t even sometimes.