Perhaps the Republican primary season is going to be even more interesting to follow than we might have hoped. At the Republican debate on September 16 Jeb! Bush made what seemed like a questionable comment when questioned about the success of his brother. Jeb! said that at least his brother “kept us safe”. Maybe that statement could have been forgotten in history except that Donald Trump in vintage Donald Trump fashion commented on this ridiculous comment.
Weirdly for stating true facts (something Trump might not best be known for) he is coming under pressure from the political media. Donald Trump is getting heat from the beltway media for suggesting that George W. Bush shared in the blame for the 9/11 terrorist attacks because they happened during his presidency.
For some reason Jeb! is insisting to push the line that the largest, deadliest attack on American soil ever, that happened while his brother was President, is proof that W. “kept us safe”. Here is a tweet he posted making a comeback of sorts to Trumps assertions:
This is getting a touch crazy. Now we have Jeb! putting the words attacked and kept us safe in the same sentence!
How pathetic for @realdonaldtrump to criticize the president for 9/11. We were attacked & my brother kept us safe.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) October 16, 2015
Here is the Trump exchange that is causing some 9/11 facts to be injected into the Republican blood stream:
“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”.
“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.
After Jeb! tweeted that the country was attacked in the same sentence as saying we were kept safe Trump of course tweeted back:
There are absolutely two things that can be said for sure as we review this debate between Jeb! and Trump.
- If there was an attack on American soil any time over the last seven years there is ZERO chance that this would even be a debate. FOR SURE the Republicans would have blamed President Obama for the attack.
- If Jeb! and his team are going to say that W. kept us safe despite this attack then they must be asked to acknowledge that the Obama administration has also “kept America safe”.