Trump, Bush continue Battle over 9/11 Remarks and Jeb don’t Like it
It’s no secret that Donald Trump has contempt for Jeb Bush, some of it well-earned. And Trump’s recent remarks pointing out that “the World Trade Center came down” during George W. Bush’s “reign” have been rightly seen as a way to needle and flummox brother Jeb. In that, he’s been quite successful, and Jeb’s response has been flatfooted.
But this was hardly an isolated incident of attack on George W. from Trump. In fact, it’s one of the milder things that Trump has said about the 43rd president over the course of many years, beginning long before either Trump or Jeb Bush were presidential candidates.
Trump may have changed his mind on some things, such as single payer health care. When asked his opinion of people, he sometimes speaks in generalities, often saying, “I like him/her a lot.” But one topic on which he’s been the soul of consistency and specificity since at least 2007 (and perhaps earlier) has been his extremely low opinion of George W. Bush.
Bush’s presidency has been much criticized by both left and right. For example, it’s not unusual for critics on both sides to complain that Bush went into Iraq precipitously and naively, and that the Iraq invasion caused more trouble than it solved. Critics on the right, however, often criticize Bush for his lack of fiscal austerity as well, and for his failure to articulate and promote conservative principles sufficiently and clearly.