Jeb Bush (left) has endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz (right) for president

Jeb Bush has endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz for president in a desperate attempt to deny Donald Trump the Republican nomination for the White House.

Bush isn’t doing America any favors.

In fact, by endorsing Cruz, the Republican from Texas, Bush, the humiliated former Florida governor, is also supporting Cruz’s blatant racist proposals.

Cruz is traveling the country touting his new convoluted idea for police to step-up their policing of “Muslim neighborhoods” across the country in a response to last week’s terrorist attacks in Brussels.

He said increasing the police presence in “Muslim neighborhoods” is just like monitoring local gang activity.

But it’s not. Cruz is misguided — and he’s dangerous. It’s a classic Republican strategy: Strike fear in the hearts of the electorate by telling them people of color are treacherous.

“If you have a neighborhood where there’s a high level of gang activity, the way to prevent it is you increase the law enforcement presence there and you target the gang members to get them off the streets,” Cruz told CNN. “I’m talking about any area where there is a higher incidence of radical Islamic terrorism.”

“We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized,” Cruz said. He added that America can’t afford to give in to “political correctness.”

Cruz’s racially-offensive “Muslim neighborhood” plan also harkens back to dark days where former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover secretly monitored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Black civil rights advocates in the 1960s. Cruz, much like Hoover, is singling out people of color, essentially suggesting that all Muslims are somehow tied to terrorists.

It’s an insane notion and here are a few critical questions that Cruz has sidestepped: What exactly constitutes a Muslim neighborhood? How many Muslims have to live in a community for Cruz to declare the area a “Muslim neighborhood?” And who in the Cruz campaign will conduct the head count?

Cruz’s proposed policy is ludicrous, racist and it may even be illegal. Once again, Cruz shows that he is completely out of touch with many Americans and has no compassion or respect for people of color, which is why we believe all minorities across this country need to unite in order to insure that Cruz does not move to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. next year.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson correctly criticized Cruz, by politely calling Cruz’s comments “inflammatory.”

“We’ve spent a lot of time building bridges to American Muslim communities as you know because the Islamic State is targeting those communities to carry out attacks, to conduct attacks in the homeland,” said Johnson, who is African American. “So we spent a lot of time working with Muslim communities, American Muslim communities, and they’re not a monolith; there are many of them across the country, to help them help us in our homeland security efforts.”

President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential frontrunner, and New York Police Commissioner William Bratton have all criticized Cruz.

“We already patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods, the same way we patrol and secure other neighborhoods,” Bratton wrote in an op-ed in the New York Daily News last week. “But no, we do not single out any populace, Black, White, yellow or brown for selective enforcement.”

Meanwhile, Jeb Bush, who was heckled by Trump for most of his campaign, is hoping through Cruz to do what he could not do himself directly. Derail Trump’s bid for the White House .

“For the sake of our party and country, we must move to overcome the divisiveness and vulgarity Donald Trump has brought into the political arena, or we will certainly lose our chance to defeat the Democratic nominee and reverse President Obama’s failed policies,” Bush said last week.

Cruz’ racist bigotry must be challenged at every opportunity and Bush, the one time ‘Golden Boy” of the Republican establishment who dropped out of the presidential race in disgrace last month should do the American public a major service by disappearing quietly into the obscure segment of American political history reserved for those politicians the public has emphatically stamped as LOSERS.

Bush’s attempts to elevate Cruz by ignoring the bigotry that too often dribbles from Cruz’s declarations, only substantiates Jeb Bush’s prodigious and sorrowful inadequacy as a political leader whom we could never justify supporting.