Jeb Bush called Donald Trump a “jerk” making himself appear a bit wishy-washy when it comes to his idea of taking the appropriate road to the White House. He is tells Trump that “You can’t insult your way to the presidency,” but in the same breath he then says “Donald Trump is a jerk.” It seems Bush feels that he is above his own warning about insulting your way to the White House.
There’s no love lost between Jeb Bush and Donald Trump, which is far from a secret these days, but for Bush to call Trump a “jerk” at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire on Saturday, this just makes Bush look bad, really bad. It was almost as if he was chomping at the bit for an opening to say this about Trump and he got this chance when a man with Asperger’s Syndrome asked Bush how he plans to help people with disabilities.
According to New York Times on December 19, Bush was about half-way through his morning town hall meeting when he let loose about Trump. When answering the man’s question about what he will do for the disabled, Bush quickly discussed his history as the Florida Governor. He conveyed how he worked with state legislature to secure more money for the disability system in the state. Then the outburst came out of nowhere. It was like thoughts of Trump had festered in his head and he just needed a window of opportunity for his spew.
“Just one other thing — I gotta get this off my chest — Donald Trump is a jerk,” Bush conjured laughter and applause for his flippant remark, but don’t forget it was at his town hall meeting in Contoocook, New Hampshire. Those folks were all Bush supporters.
How did Bush make a connection between the man’s question about disability to calling Trump a “jerk?” He went on to say, “”You cannot insult your way to the presidency,” which appears to be his new motto when addressing anything that has to do with Trump. “You can’t disparage women, Hispanics, disabled people. Who is he kidding?”
He went on and on about what Trump is doing, what Trump is not doing and why he finds it “discouraging” that Trump is actually running for the vacating White House seat. Of course he is discouraged that Trump is running, as of today it looks as though Trump has a better chance of becoming the next President of the U.S. than any other candidate when you look at the polls and the number of people Trump attracts at his rallies.
He wasn’t through taking aim at Trump saying, “We should reject that out of hand. And I hope you’re going to reject it by voting for me,” he told the audience. “But a guy like that should not be the front-running candidate of our great party. That is not how we win.”
After more applause, Bush added: “I feel better now. I gave myself therapy there. Thank you for allowing me to do it.” Politico suggests that Bush “clearly had Trump on his mind” when he used his town hall meeting as a backdrop for a little “self-therapy session.”
Is this self-therapy strategy how he plans to deal with real problems if he ever had a chance to become the next president? While calling Trump a “jerk” conjured up visions of high school bullying, the bigger story here is this man running for the top seat in the nation admitting that this was his therapy!
In one breath he says you “cannot insult your way to the president” and the next he calls Trump a jerk! This is very odd behavior from a member of a family that is well in tune with how politics work.
The New York Times writes, “Therapy, maybe — but also a deliberate move by Mr. Bush, whose strategy to save his faltering campaign now involves attacking Mr. Trump, forcefully and frequently.” Therapy, is that what the campaign trail has boiled down to for Bush? Is he using this as a place to spew derogatory words about the front runner in order to make himself feel better? Let’s face it, you don’t embark on “therapy” unless you are trying to feel better about yourself. Jeb Bush sounded like a desperate man swirling the campaign drain on Saturday.