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Jeb Bush is boldly playing up his best asset in an effort to come back against Donald Trump: namely, all those fond memories people have of George W. Bush.

In an interview broadcast Friday on Bloomberg Politics, Trump got asked how he would be able to be a consoling leader, like President George W. Bush after 9/11 — and his response laid into the latter man in a brutal fashion that we simply haven’t heard from any major presidential candidate in the entire 14 years since that day.

“When you talk about George Bush,” Trump said, “I mean, say what you want, the World Trade Center came down during his time… He was president, okay?”

An irate Jeb Bush took to Twitter that afternoon, to tear into The Donald and to defend his noble kinsman.

There are, of course, a few problems here — most notably the sentence, “We were attacked & my brother kept us safe.”

And then there’s also the issue this of how then-President George W. Bush’s actually did respond to the attacks: His administration failed to apprehend Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, and quickly switched its focus toward pursuing an unrelated war in Iraq. Six months after 9/11, President Bush even publicly boasted that he didn’t think much about bin Laden anymore.

Photo: U.S. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush tours Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics in Manchester, New Hampshire October 14, 2015. REUTERS/Mary Schwalm

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

Rep. Jason Smith

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Reprinted with permission from American Independent

Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO) wants to make sure kids are taught to be patriotic in their schools. His new bill would strip federal funding from any school that does not force them to memorize his selected historical texts.

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