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Bush: ‘Anglo-Saxon’ ideals show pro-Trump Republicans ‘want to disappear’
The former president speaks as the only anti-Trump Republican seeks a House seat in the Texas special election of George W Bush: “ If the Republican Party is all about exclusivity … once were country clubs, it’s now obvious that it’s white Anglo-Saxon Protestantism, so he’s not going to win anything. ‘ Photograph: NBCU Photo Bank / Getty Images Ahead of a special election Saturday to replace a Texas congressman who died after contracting Covid-19, former President George W Bush said the ascendancy of Donald Trump supporters suggested that Republicans “want to be extinguished.” The special election is being held in the Sixth District, whose Republican Representative Ron Wright died in February. Twenty-three candidates will be in the running: all 11 Republicans except one are tied to the cords of Trump, the former president who still dominates the party. One candidate, former wrestler Dan Rodimer, has vowed to “remake America from Texas” and said “DC communities are ruining America”. Trump endorsed another – Susan Wright, the widow of the former congressman who, the former president said on Saturday, “will be strong at the border, at crime, pro-life, our brave servicemen and vets, and will always protect your Second Amendment ”. The only Republican who has not expressed loyalty to Trump, former sailor Michael Wood, told CNN he was “afraid for the future of the country,” given his party’s adherence to the lie. Trump that the election was stolen, his reluctance to condemn those who revolted on the Capitol on January 6 in support of this lie and the prevalence of conspiracy theories such as QAnon. “I felt like I had to get up,” Wood said. “Someone had to stand up and say that’s not what the Republican Party should be.” Nonetheless, it is. In a CNN poll released on Friday, 70% of Republicans said Biden did not legitimately win enough votes to be named president. Biden won over 7 million more votes than Trump and won Electoral College 306-232, the same score by which Trump beat Hillary Clinton in 2016. Bush is promoting a new book, a collection of portraits and immigrant stories. In an interview published Friday by The Dispatch, a conservative anti-Trump podcast, he was asked about recent steps taken by pro-Trump extremists to form a congressional caucus promoting “Anglo-Saxon traditions.” “For me, that basically means we want to be turned off,” he said. If such trends continue, Bush says, in three to five years “there will be no party. I mean I read about it and I’m like, “Wow, these people need to read my book. And I mean, it’s like I said when I was running for governor of Texas, you’re never going to get Latino votes because you’re a Republican. And I said you were watching. And I worked hard. “And the main thing was to let them know that I could hear their voices. I mean, democracy is great in that sense. And the idea of kind of saying you can only be a Republican “if” then the ultimate extension of that is that it ends up being a one-man party. When asked if he agreed with “over 50%” of Republicans who think the election was stolen, Bush replied, “No. I guess I’m one of the remaining 50%. “By the way, I’m still a Republican, proud to be a Republican. I think Republicans will get a second chance at government, because I believe the Biden administration is a uniting factor, and especially on the tax front. So, you know, we’ll see. But I know this – that if the Republican Party is all about exclusivity, you know, there used to be country clubs, now it’s obvious it’s white Anglo-Saxon Protestantism, then he’s not gonna win anything. Wood, the Texas anti-Trump Republican, said he voted for Trump in 2020. But he also said he believed “the party will get to where I am ultimately. I want this to happen without having to lose and lose and lose. Sometimes political parties don’t get the message they need to try something different until after a series of losses. I think we should do it now rather than doing it after losing midterm or losing another presidential election. Texas’ Sixth District turned to Democrats in the recent election, but it is unlikely to turn around. Earlier this week, Trump told Fox Business he “100% thinks about running” in 2024. Rodimer, the former wrestler who is among the top cash collectors on the field in Texas, told CNN : “President Trump is still the leader of the Republican Party. I don’t think it will go anywhere, ever. I hope not. If he runs again, I’ll be excited, I’ll be excited.