Trying to quell controversy within the Hispanic community over his use of the term “anchor babies,” Jeb Bush wound up insulting another group.
Speaking to reporters Monday, the 2016 Republican presidential hopeful said he was taken out of context and that his comments were “frankly, more related to Asian people.”
“What I was talking about was the specific case of fraud being committed where there’s organized efforts and, frankly, it’s more related to Asian people coming into our country, having children in that organized efforts taking advantage of a noble concept which is birthright citizenship,” Bush said. “I support the 14th amendment.”
Twitter users were quick to ridicule the former Florida governor for stepping in it again.
and says we should “chill out” about political correctness.
— Marina Fang (@thefanger) August 24, 2015
hahah did Jeb Bush just decide that offending Asian voters would be better, percentagewise, than offending Hispanic voters
— Sensitive Mark (@markpopham) August 24, 2015
“NO NO IT WAS THE ASIANS I WAS TALKING ABOUT” is pure Selina Meyers http://t.co/QHcaXgdk42
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) August 24, 2015
Saw this yesterday, and again, all I’m left with is HUH!? (Jeb!: wait, it’s OK to be racist towards Asians! /snark) https://t.co/1kbCvW3dtK
— John D (@charmcity1973) August 25, 2015
Term “anchor babies” refers to Asians, so it’s ok – Jeb Bush: http://t.co/P627DKc0A4 @joseiswriting
— William Han (@W_T_Han) August 25, 2015
Jeb Bush: “When I talked about anchor babies I meant Asians, not Latinos.” Campaign Adviser: “Nice save, sir.” (high-five)
— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) August 25, 2015
Might as well step in it with the second foot. Why not at this point https://t.co/NvwHd6zCSj
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) August 24, 2015
“I didn’t mean to insult Hispanics. It’s those damn Asians I’m worried about.” https://t.co/rDxsSS56io
— jon gabriel (@exjon) August 24, 2015
So glad Jeb explained when he used the term “anchor babies” he meant Asians not Hispanics, I almost thought he was racist there for a minute
— madeleine (@madeleinedoux) August 25, 2015
And this is how a presidential candidate throws Asians under the bus. Wow, Jeb. That was easy: http://t.co/a0dwpkcwXi
— Angry Asian Man (@angryasianman) August 24, 2015
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