I would describe it [the Republican Party] as isolationist, protectionist and, to a certain extent, nativist. — Former President George W. Bush
I would describe it [the Republican Party] as isolationist, protectionist and, to a certain extent, nativist. — Former President George W. Bush
Bush describes GOP as 'isolationist, protectionist and, to a certain extent, nativist'
Bush's comments are notable not only because he's a former Republican president, but he has largely kept quiet on politics since he left Washington. He has written about the need for a gentler approach to immigration in contrast to much of the hardline rhetoric that dominates the current GOP in the post-Trump era, but he has typically avoided directly criticizing the party.

Asked how he would describe the Republican Party as he sees it today, Bush told NBC's Hoda Kotb on the "Today" show, "I would describe it as isolationist, protectionist and, to a certain extent, nativist."


When asked if he was disappointed by the party, the former President said, "Well, it is not exactly my vision but I am just an old guy they put out to pasture. Just a simple painter."

Asked if a Republican who speaks warmly about immigration, favors gun control and supports a strong government presence in education would have a chance for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, Bush replied, "I think so."

"I think it depends upon the emphasis. I think if the emphasis is integrity and decency and trying to work to get problems solved I think the person has a shot, yeah," he said, objecting to Kotb's premise that such a candidate would be "pro-immigration."

"I think pro-immigration isn't the right way to put it," Bush said. "I think border enforcement with a compassionate touch. That's how I would put it. That's what immigration basically means, let's open up the borders."
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