Republican presidential hopeful and scion to one of the most well-known and (undoubtedly white) American political families Jeb (pronounced “Heb”) Bush identified as Hispanic on an old voter registration.
The New York Times obtained a copy of Bush’s 2009 voter registration application where evidently Bush marked “Hispanic” under the race and ethnicity section.
Although Bush has strong support from Hispanic voters, he must have misunderstood that the qualifications for identifying as Hispanic are a little more than just being married to a Mexican woman and speaking fluent Spanish — you actually have to come from a Hispanic family!
Bush spokeswoman, Kristy Campbell, couldn’t come up with a decent explanation as to what would compel Bush to mark Hispanic, but noted his family sure got a kick out of the mistake.
“It’s unclear where the paperwork error was made. The governor’s family certainly got a good laugh out of it,” said Campbell.
Bush’s youngest and namesake son trolled him on Twitter with the hashtag HonoraryLatino. Bush responded, admitting his blunder, with the below tweet: