It would seem that former Florida governor and failed GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush has already forgotten the lessons learned during the 2016 primary election season.
The Hill reported Wednesday that Bush appeared to take a pointed jab at President Donald Trump and his family while speaking at Yale University about “restoring conservatism” in America.
Though Bush joked that he wouldn’t discuss the brutal 2016 campaign because he was “still in therapy,” he nevertheless took what was interpreted by many in the audience to be a cheap shot at the president, though he didn’t specifically name Trump.
Bush said following the South Carolina primary he had returned home to children “who actually love me,” according to the Yale Daily News.
This from the same guy who in that same speech called for “more polite political discourse,” according to the Yale paper. Needless to say, what was viewed as his assertion that Trump was unloved by his own family didn’t go over particularly well outside of the cheering audience and perhaps some anti- or NeverTrumpers.
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) March 29, 2018
Trump’s middle son Eric was the first to respond, tweeting, “@JebBush I actually love my father very much.
#PleaseClap.” That was a reference to one of Bush’s lowest moments on the campaign trail when he literally begged an audience to clap at his applause lines.
According to Twitchy, it didn’t take long before Trump’s eldest son, Donald Jr., weighed in as well.
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
Trump Jr. tweeted, “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.”
Others chimed in as well, with Fox News reporter Ed Henry ironically noting what Bush had said about “polite political discourse.”
“Despite his swipes directed at Trump, Bush reportedly called for politicians to be more polite in their discourse.” 🤔 https://t.co/szjOI3bvGj
— Ed Henry (@edhenry) March 29, 2018
Michael Berry, a conservative radio host, pointed out that Bush “is a joke” and had just “poked the wrong bear” in taking a swipe at Trump.
It was apparent from others that Trump Jr.’s response was quite a hit.
Jeb, Jeb, Jeb
Why must you put your face out there so eagerly to be slapped
Nice shot about the dismantling DJTjr https://t.co/vnheVGzf0w
— Jim Hanson (@JimHansonDC) March 29, 2018
As Twitchy pointed out, whether you like Trump or not, taking shots at somebody’s family — especially in regard to their children — isn’t particularly cool and is not something one would expect from career politicians, especially one who also lamented about the need for “more polite political discourse.”
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