Oops! Jeb Bush Mistook Himself for 'Hispanic'

News & Politics

Who knew that Jeb Bush was Latino?

Well, according to a 2009 voter registration form he filled out, the 2016 potential presidential candidate is “Hispanic.”

In fact, neither of his parents, George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush, is Hispanic. Both are white as white can be. Yes, Jeb speaks Spanish and his wife, Columba Bush, is a Latina born in Mexico, but it still doesn’t make him a person of Spanish-speaking descent.

A Bush spokesperson could not tell the New York Times, who broke the story this morning, why Bush selected Hispanic on his form. In the end, it seems like a careless mistake that won’t hurt him too much during the campaign trail, outside of a few jokes from late night television hosts and a few jabs from the Democrats. But then again, it's the kind of mistake that can be considered a felony, and being convicted of a felony means being disenfranchised for five years in Florida. At least when other people make mistakes like that.

It is important to note that while Jeb Bush did well with Latino voters during his second run for governor in Florida, that may not matter much during a national campaign. According to the Washington Post, Latinos in Florida tend to be more conservative; Nationally, Latinos swing more Democratic.

Bush’s son, Jeb Bush Jr., joked about it on Twitter. “LOL - come on dad, think you checked the wrong box #HonoraryLatino,” Jeb Jr. Tweeted. Bush Sr. Replied, “My mistake! Don’t think I’ve fooled anyone!”

Nope. Not at all, Jeb. Not at all.

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