Former Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush addresses the crowd at a campaign rally on Feb. 19, 2016 in Greenville, South Carolina.
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By Katie Reilly
May 17, 2016

Former Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush criticized Donald Trump’s Cinco de Mayo tweet in a new interview published Tuesday, arguing that it was akin to “eating a watermelon and saying ‘I love African-Americans.’”

In the tweet, Trump posted a picture of himself eating a taco bowl and wrote, “I love Hispanics!” His rhetoric about illegal immigration throughout his campaign has made him unpopular among Hispanic voters.

Bush, whose wife is from Mexico, is the former governor of Florida, which has a large Hispanic population. In the interview this weekend with Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad, the complete transcript of which was provided to the Huffington Post, Bush called Trump’s tweet “insensitive” and said he is “uncertain” if the Republican party will survive now that Trump is the presumptive GOP nominee.

“First, not all Hispanics are Mexican,” Bush said in the interview. “Secondly, not all Hispanics eat tacos. Thirdly, showing your sensitivity by eating an American dish is the most insensitive thing you can do. Fourthly, to say this, next to all things he already said, is a further insult. It’s like eating a watermelon and saying ‘I love African-Americans.’”

Trump defended the tweet in interviews after he posted it. “I had 59,000 retweets—59,000 in a short period,” he said on Fox News. “People loved it, and you know what? I’m going to do great with the Hispanics.”

Bush, who ended his presidential bid in February and endorsed Ted Cruz in March, has been vocal about his disapproval of Trump. His father and brother, both former presidents, have also said they won’t endorse the businessman.

“This guy,” Bush said. “If we lose in November, we Republicans have ourselves to blame.”

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