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Friday, October 28, 2016

GOP presidential candidate and Right America’s bombastic id, Donald Trump, is not famous for having a sense of shame or remorse. But even The Donald knows he went too far this time.

On Saturday, Trump took aim at Jeb Bush, his rival for the Republican nomination — or, more specifically, Bush’s wife. In a move uniquely crass and crude even for Trump, he reposted a Twitter user’s remarks speculating that the former Florida governor’s immigration policies may be informed by the fact that his wife, Columba Bush, was born in Mexico. Trump removed the post after it had been online for 24 hours — but not before several users took screenshots of the offending tweet.



The tweet, a reprint of remarks from Twitter user Rob Heilbron, says: “#JebBush has to like the Mexican illegals because of his wife.”

Columba Bush was born in Mexico in 1953; she married Jeb Bush in 1974, and became a naturalized American citizen in 1979.

This is the latest shot in a flame war that Trump and Bush have been waging on immigration. Trump kicked off his candidacy with an announcement speech, in which he called all Mexicans “rapists” and vowed to build a border wall (“very inexpensively”), for which he would demand Mexico cover the costs. Trump has stood by these comments. His remarks led to his business relationships with Macy’s, Univision, and NBC being detonated, and forced GOP candidates to qualify their own “tough-on-immigration” stances as being removed from Trump’s naked xenophobia.

Jeb Bush said on Saturday that Trump was wrong about immigration, and that his views do not reflect those of the Republican Party.

Trump rejoined that Bush “doesn’t understand anything about the border or border security. In fact, Jeb believes illegal immigrants who break our laws when they cross our border come out ‘out of love.'”

Photo: Kevin T. Gilbert/NBC Universal. Screenshot via Daily Kos

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  • Independent1

    “In fact, Jeb believes illegal immigrants who break our laws when they cross our border come out ‘out of love.’”

    What clueless Donald fails to understand is that most illegals do cross our borders “out of love”; love for their families and love for their own lives. Despite what Donald thinks, the vast majority of illegals are not crooks (numerous studies have proven they’re far less likely to be crooks than native-born Americans), they’re people desperate to either get away from danger/tyranny in their home countries; and or the need to provide money for their families to live on from whichever country they come from. And given that America’s immigration quotes can mean immigrants face years of waits to get visas; many peoples crossing our borders choose to do so because their financial/life situations are such – that waiting years to correct their life’s situation is simply not an option. The vast majority of them are simply desperate to find work, to find sustenance for their own lives and the people’s they’ve left back home who are also waiting for their help (people that they love).

    It’s somewhat striking that a person like Donald Trump, who lives in his own alternate universe of ignorance, actually feels qualified to run for president of the U.S.!!

    • charleo1

      Very well stated. And not only his own alternate universe. But within his own cocoon. Having been born into one of the wealthiest families, in the strongest, most secure Country on Earth. His future completely assured not by his effort. But by his pure dumb luck.

      • The lucky one

        A prime example of the “Born on 3rd base thinking he hit a triple syndrome”

    • Dominick Vila

      The fact that our complicit media is going along with the latest stunt of blaming a Mexican migrant who committed an inexplicable crime in San Francisco as justification for Trump’s generalization explains the transformation of American journalism into a Third Reich disinformation service.
      In addition to generalizations seldom reflecting facts, Senor Sanchez’s explanation is so implausible that the first thing that comes to mind is how convenient his crime is to justify the unjustifiable. Sanchez, who should spend the rest of his life in prison, said that he came to the USA to find work in the hospitality or constructions sectors. Apparently he wanted to be a roofer. He then said that he found a gun in the trash, went to a fishing pier to shoot sea lions, and instead shot and killed an innocent woman. I have the feeling that if any prosecutor with minimal skills cross examined this man we would likely find out that his decision to murder was influenced by money. Hopefully the San Francisco authorities will check with the agencies that transfer funds overseas to see if Sanchez has sent a large amount of money to Mexico the last few days, and interview his family in Mexico to determine their living conditions and whether or not a miraculous influx of dollars arrived in recent days. Unfortunately, none of this is going to happen. Senor Sanchez is a dead man walking. Don’t be surprised if he is silenced in the not too distant future.

    • yabbed

      Any fit American would cross any border by any means to take care of their family. That is a proud truth of the same Americans who denigrate and deny that opportunity to others.

  • Dominick Vila

    I was wondering how long it was going to be before the “Christian right patriots” brought up Columba Bush’s ethnicity. The only positive thing I can say about Donald Trump is that he is willing to say what is in the hearts and minds of millions of right wingers. The man represents the worst in our society, in humanity, and in what the GOP stands for. The fact that his popularity is rising says more about the GOP than about the arrogant twit whose popularity depends on how well he articulates his inhumanity in lack of moral values.

  • jbandsma

    Isn’t it lovely when they eat their own.

  • yabbed

    That tweet was typical trashy Trump.

  • jmprint

    Trumps hair color is not because it’s natural or he uses a die, it is because he is so much in love with himself he keeps his head up his A$$ 24/7.

  • [email protected]

    Trump and Christy will provide joke material for late night comics for the whole election cycle.

  • ikallicrates

    This article is about Donald Trump and the stupid things he says about Jeb Bush; but who cares what Trump says about anything?

    The GOP party bosses aren’t taking Trump seriously as a possible presidential candidate. They expect Trump and the other clowns to put on an entertaining show during the debates, knocking each other off and leaving Bush as the only ‘serious’ candidate. But Bush isn’t playing his part in this comedy. Every time he opens his mouth, Jeb! puts his foot in it, saying something just as stupid as anything Trump says, but not as funny.

    Yesterday, during an interview in New Hampshire, Bush said that American workers should improve productivity by working longer hours. Democrats immediately released a statement that called this “easily one of the most out-of-touch comments we’ve heard so far this cycle”.

    Everyone knows that Americans already work longer hours than any other workers in the industrialized world, and productivity skyrocketed as a result; but workers’ wages stagnated because the profits went to the top 1%.

    I’m sure Jeb! isn’t worried about what Trump says about him. He should worry about what he says about himself.

  • Joan

    The GOP must own Trump as he is leading or second in most current polls. You can not say that a man who is polling as a front runner for your parties Presidential nominee does not “reflect” your party.

    Why is is that nobody is calling that blustering baboon on his bonafides as a business “expert”? Have we forgotten that he was unable to make a casino in Atlantic City profitable? Trump filed corporate bankruptcy in 1991, 1992, 2004 and again in 2009.
    While a Presidential debate with Trump as a participant will be entertaining; it’s comedic value will be far outweighed by it’s potential for further internal divisiveness and to our standing in the international community.