Jeb Bush Deals With Hecklers in Houston

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    Even though former Florida Governor Jeb Bush remains one of the Republican presidential candidate with the most tolerant view on immigration, a group of Latino activists derailed Bush’s speech at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Monday. “No hope without our vote!” chanted the protesters, cutting off Bush in the middle of his address and forcing him to acknowledge the protesters.

    Bush had been scheduled to speak at the Women in Business & Leadership Luncheon to deliver awards to outstanding Latina businesswomen, but before he could hand out any awards, he was quickly interrupted by loud hecklers. As the activists began to chant, drawing some applause from the crowd, Bush appeared equally flustered and amused. “Hey – I can’t see you,” he said, putting a hand on his brow and scanning the crowd.

     

    After taking a moment to collect himself, Bush attempted to address the hecklers. “Here is what I believe,” Bush said in response to the chants. “I believe we need immigration reform. I’ve been clear about this. I believe… that DREAM Act kids should have a path to citizenship.” The chanting continued to grow louder, forcing Bush to pause once again and wait for it to subside.

    “Here is what I believe,” Bush continued. “As I’ve been consistently for the DREAM Act kids to get a path to citizenship. I’ve been consistently for it irrespective of what the political ramifications of that are.” His words seemed to strike the right note with the crowd, which erupted into applause at Bush’s unequivocal show of support for immigration.

    According to Buzzfeed editor Adrian Carrasquillo, who praised the former governor for how he acted under pressure, the hecklers were thwarted by Bush’s security team.

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      • Tom

        You can’t expect the protestors to give Bush a pass for being a little less racist than most other GOP politicians.

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