The PJ Tatler

Jeb Bush Can Pander in Spanish, Too

Just in case everybody wasn’t entirely clear on the last and least of the Bush clan’s position on “immigration,” he decided to say it in Spanish:

In his first Spanish-language television network interview since launching his 2016 presidential campaign, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush fielded questions ranging from the upcoming presidential debate to Donald Trump, from Latin American foreign policy to his favorite music, and whether he had ever experienced discrimination.

Bush shared the experience his son George P. Bush, who is now 39, had when he and his Hispanic teammates traveled north to Ocala, Florida, to play in a baseball game. “George, he’s dark-skinned, and they spoke horrible things about those from Miami,” Bush recalled, without offering details. “I had to explain … that people who hate are not the majority, and we must accept them and move forward.”

Hold it right there — does anybody in this day and age really believe that? At a baseball game? In Florida? The mind boggles. Like a liberal, Jeb appears to think it’s still 1963 in America. 

Bush, who is fluent in Spanish and speaks the language at home with his Mexican wife, Columba, has been busy this week courting minority voters.

Pressed by Diaz-Balart about immigration reform, Bush promised he would make the issue a top priority if elected president. “To arrive here legally has to be easier than to arrive here illegally,” said Bush. Like other Republicans, he wants to see U.S. borders secured before allowing the country’s estimated 11 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally to obtain legal status. “I know we can do it,” he said. Bush said immigrants in the country illegally would have to pay “a small fine” and learn English to remain in the country as legal residents, and would not be eligible for government benefits.

And if you believe that, there’s a bridge in Brooklyn, etc.