The PJ Tatler

Trump, Jeb! Start to Duke It Out

The biggest mismatch since Primo Carnera stepped into the ring against Max Baer:

The long-running feud between Jeb Bush and Donald Trump escalated yet again Saturday, with the former Florida governor releasing a two-minute video on social media mocking the billionaire’s fitness to be commander-in-chief.” [Trump’s] absurd comments again raise questions on whether he possesses the judgment to be President,” Bush tweeted.

he clip is the latest salvo in the Bush-Trump rivalry, which has often been marked by bitter and personal exchanges between the two prominent Republican presidential candidates. On Friday, Trump suggested Bush’s brother, former President George W. Bush, shared in the blame for the 9/11 terrorist attacks because they occurred during his presidency.

Saturday’s round centered on a video set to the tune of circus music that highlights comments from Trump that have called into question his grasp of military matters. Many of Trump’s most controversial moments are presented, including his questioning of John McCain’s status as a war hero to his inability to name prominent terrorists.

You can see the video at the link above. Meanwhile, regarding Trump’s remarks about George W. Bush, what he said was, strictly speaking, absolutely true:

The controversy began Friday morning when Trump implied that the former president could share some blame for the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans, as he was in office at the time. “When you talk about George Bush, I mean, say what you want, the World Trade Center came down during his time,” Trump said on Bloomberg TV.

Bloomberg anchor Stephanie Ruhle interjected, “Hold on, you can’t blame George Bush for that,” before Trump stood by his comments. “He was president, OK? … Blame him, or don’t blame him, but he was president. The World Trade Center came down during his reign,” Trump said.

Hard to argue with that bald statement of fact. Meanwhile:

Donald Trump likes to boast about his enormous wealth and how he doesn’t need anyone else’s money to pay for his presidential campaign. That hasn’t stopped tens of thousands of people from chipping in with checks as small as $10 to let the Republican candidate know they’re behind him.

Trump has taken in 73,942 contributions, a total that surpasses several of GOP rivals, despite the billionaire businessman’s early pledge to finance his own campaign. Financial reports filed last week also show that more than 70 percent of the $3.9 million he raised from July through September came from people giving $200 or less. That rate of small-donor contributions is second only to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who’s in the Democratic race. The average Trump contribution was $50.46, his campaign said.

The contributors are in small towns, suburbs and big cities. He’s raised money from hundreds of retirees, ranchers, dentists, physicians, real estate executives and financial consultants.

As Jeb! burns through cash, the Donald is laughing all the way to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Can the GOP establishment stop him?



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