Despite his grotesque comments about Mexican immigrants recently, Donald Trump is polling surprisingly high with Republicans, and that’s forcing other GOP frontrunners to start taking him seriously.
Jeb Bush, who has three children with his Mexican wife, fired some significant shots at Trump this weekend, saying that he “absolutely” took personal offense to the real estate mogul’s and reality TV star’s remarks describing Mexicans crossing the border as “rapists.”
Bush, after marching in an Independence Day parade in New Hampshire, said that Mr. Trump’s views are “way out of the mainstream” of the party.
“To make these extraordinarily ugly kind of comments is not reflective of the Republican Party,” Bush said according to the New York Times.
“He’s doing this — he’s not a stupid guy, so I don’t assume he thinks that every Mexican crossing the border is a rapist. He’s doing this to inflame and incite and to draw attention, which seems to be the organizing principle of his campaign,” Bush added.
But when asked if Trump’s comments affected him personally considering the racial makeup of his family, Bush’s tone changed:
“Yeah, of course it — absolutely — and a lot of other people [were angry as well]. But politically, we’re going to win when we’re hopeful and optimistic and big and broad rather than errrrr, grrrr, just angry all the time. This is an exaggerated form of that, and there is no tolerance for it.”
True to form, Trump issued a statement in response to Bush’s criticism, accusing him of being “out of touch with the American people.”
“Just like the simple question asked of Jeb on Iraq, where it took him five days and multiple answers to get it right, he doesn’t understand anything about the border or border security,” Trump’s statement read. “In fact, Jeb believes illegal immigrants who break our laws when they cross our border come “out of love.”
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