A very high energy fight is brewing between Jeb! Bush and the Trump family.
“I’m not going to talk about the 2016 election,” Bush said at a recent event at Yale University according to the Yale Daily News. “I’m still in therapy,” he said jokingly. Bush did, however, say that Trump is a “Republican in basically name only,” according to the paper.
And then things got personal. Bush said that after the 2016 Republican primary in South Carolina, he returned home to children who “actually love me,” a comment that got him laughter in the crowd, and a response from Trump’s kids.
Donald Trump Jr. responded on Twitter re-tweeting a report on Jeb’s comments, adding: “Jeb! I love everything about my father. I love that he’s a fighter, I love that he has guts, I love that he’s President (all those things you’re not).” Trump added another jab, that he “Also love[s] that he [Trump] learned enough about politics in a few weeks to dismantle you piece by piece despite it being your life’s work.”
Jeb! I love everything about my father. I love that he’s a fighter, I love that he has guts, I love that he’s President (all those things you’re not)
Also love that he learned enough about politics in a few weeks to dismantle you piece by piece despite it being your life’s work https://t.co/4fcnA1AgAa
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 29, 2018
Eric Trump responded too, writing “[email protected] I actually love my father very much. #PleaseClap.”
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) March 29, 2018
This was probably the most media attention a story from a college newspaper has ever received, and that led them to issue a clarification after other outlets began picking up their story.
“A previous version of this article stated that Bush’s comment that he “went home to my children that actually love me” was meant as a jab at President Donald Trump. In fact, Bush did not directly refer to Trump — but he was speaking about his loss in the 2016 South Carolina Republican presidential primary, which Trump won.”
The Yale Daily News did say that they polled audience members, and 8/9 interpreted the comment as a slight at Trump, so if Jeb really was misunderstood, it’s his own fault for not speaking with more clarity.
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