George W. Bush described the current Republican Party as “isolationist and nativist” and said it was not his vision of what the GOP should be in his first live TV interview in three years.
The former president spoke to NBC’s ‘Today Show’ as part of his book tour for his new tome ‘Out of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants’.
In the interview, he expressed disappointment at the direction his political party is heading and the migrant crisis can be resolved with ‘border enforcement with a compassionate touch’.
He ripped off the Republican, saying he hopes the moderate can succeed in the party’s 2024 primary just hours after Donald Trump made his strongest indication that he would flee again.
“I would describe it as isolationist, protectionist and to some extent nativist,” Bush said when asked to describe the GOP.
‘It’s not my view, but I’m just an old man they put out in the field. Just a simple painter, ‘he added.
George W. Bush described today’s Republican Party as ‘isolationist and nativist’ and said it was not his vision of what the GOP should be in an interview with NBC’s ‘Today Show’
George W. Bush and Laura Bush attended an immigration ceremony that was broadcast live on ‘Today’
“ I think if the emphasis is on integrity and decency and trying to work to solve problems, I think the person has a chance, ” he said of his hoped-for candidate for 2024.
He also said the January 6 MAGA riot in the Capitol, which left five dead and a trail of destruction throughout the building, made him “sick.”
‘It made me a little sick. It made me sick. I felt sick. I just couldn’t believe it. The truth is, I was optimistic that we would survive that because I strongly believe in our country’s attitude. It survived, ”he said.
But he said he is still concerned about the amount of false information out there.
“What’s disturbing is how much misinformation there is and the people’s ability to spread all kinds of falsehoods,” he said. ‘I don’t know what we’re going to do about it? I know what I’m doing about it. I don’t use Twitter or Facebook or all those things. ‘
Bush did not name former President Donald Trump. Trump panicked the January 6 crowd with his false claims that he won the election and that it was stolen from him. He faced a second impeachment trial for his actions but was acquitted in the Senate.
George W. Bush was on NBC’s ‘Today Show’ as part of his book tour for his new tome, ‘Out of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants’
Bush said he was trying to be a “different voice” on immigration at a time when many in the GOP portrayed Donald Trump’s isolationist policies.
Bush also expressed concern about disinformation on the Internet
The former president said the January 6 riot at the Capitol made him “sick.”
In the extensive interview, George W. Bush expressed concern about how the Taliban will treat women once US forces leave Afghanistan
Bush declined to discuss any of his successors in the Oval Office, if he did, he joked, “Michelle Obama may not be my friend.”
He enjoys a friendship with the former first lady who has transcended politics.
In the extensive interview, Bush also expressed concern that the Taliban would take advantage of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan to wipe out women’s profits in that country.
‘My first reaction was wow, these girls are really going to have problems with the Taliban. Much progress has been made with the great concern of the women and girls in that country, ”he said.
“I think the government hopes the girls will be okay through diplomacy, we’ll find out,” Bush added. “All I know when they were in charge, the Taliban, were cruel.”
As first lady, Laura Bush made women’s rights in Afghanistan one of her major issues and she visited that country. George W. Bush started the war in Afghanistan after the September 11 attacks on the US.
President Joe Biden announced last week that he would withdraw all US troops from that country in September, on the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack. He called Bush before his speech to inform him of his decision.
George W. Bush is on a book tour for his new book ‘Out of Many, One’
As part of his interview and book publicity tour, Bush and Laura Bush attended a naturalization ceremony that was broadcast live on the Today Show.
He said he had included portraits of immigrants in his book because “I had a relationship with veterans and a great empathy for immigrants. We are all mainly educated, a woman from Mexico came with nothing. ‘
He also said he is trying to have a ‘different voice’ on the immigration issue at a time when many Republicans in public office are reiterating Trump’s call for an isolationist strategy.
‘It is a beautiful country that we have and it is not beautiful when we condemn and berate people and scare people about immigration. It’s an easy matter to scare some of the voters and I’m trying to have a different vote, ”Bush said.