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In news that should shock no one, and will probably end up as fodder for a comedy sketch in the upcoming season of "Saturday Night Live," former Alaska governor Sarah Palin went on CNN Sunday to agree with Donald Trump, saying that immigrants should "speak American." Er, speak English, she meant.
The comment from Palin came after Jeb Bush, who is fluent in Spanish and whose wife Columba is originally from Mexico, was criticized by Trump for speaking Spanish during a visit near the U.S. border with Mexico. Trump mockingly said Bush "spoke Mexican" when referring to the appearance.
Bush's response to the criticism: Trump doesn't value tolerance.
But Palin didn't seem to understand how someone opposing language choice was tied to tolerance, and although she seemed to contradict herself when she lauded Bush for being bilingual and called his language fluency a "benefit," she also said:
"On the other hand, you know, I think we can send a message and say: 'You want to be in America? A: You better be here legally, or you're out of here. B: When you're here, let's speak American.' I mean, that's just, that's — let's speak English."
Palin's justification? "A unifying aspect of a nation is the language that is understood by all." However, Palin seems to have forgotten that Bush is a native English speaker, although she said in the interview that "we have a large and wonderful Hispanic population that's helping to build America," and that it was a good thing and that Bush had a great connection with the Hispanic community through his wife and family connections.
Trump, the current GOP frontrunner whose stance on undocumented immigrants has often been in the news as of late for his crass and often racist comments, has repeatedly said that people should only speak English in the U.S. (And although he often bashes immigrants, both his current and ex-wife are immigrants.)
Bush is known to frequently speak Spanish at events and said he would continue speaking Spanish whenever he felt like it, after the most recent criticism from Trump.
In an interview with ABC News in June, Jeb Bush told news anchor David Muir that he and his wife speak "more Spanish than English at home" and that almost all of their grandchildren speak Spanish as well. Two of his grandchildren also speak some Arabic because their mother is Canadian-born, but of Iraqi descent.
Bush also revealed to Muir that he and his wife speak more English than Spanish with their son Jebby, but that Jebby speaks mostly Spanish with his mother.
Sorry, Sarah Palin, but the Bush family isn't sorry that they're made up of different cultures and languages. They're "quite a mixture — very American," as Jeb Bush told ABC News during the June interview.