Jeb Bush set off a scorching round of criticism last week after he defended his use of the term "anchor babies” while taking questions from the press in New Hampshire.
Then he made it even worse for himself after he clarified that he wasn’t referring to Mexican children.
During a news conference in McAllen, Texas, near the border with Mexico, when the embattled presidential hopeful was asked if his controversial term could affect his popularity among the Hispanic community, this is how he replied:
"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."
Bush’s new statement essentially means it’s the Asian – not Hispanic – immigrants who are taking advantage of American hospitality.
This could also mean the former Florida governor just alienated yet another minority group.
Considering what happened after Donald Trump’s anti-Mexico tirade – and now Bush’s defense of this derogatory term – perhaps it’s better for politicians to not clarify their seemingly racist comments. The clarification only reveals their true, off-script thoughts and makes them sound even more racist.