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Monday, December 09, 2019

Trump To Bush: Speak English!

The Trump-Bush wars rage on, after Jeb Bush went campaigning this week in a Latino community to launch his latest attack at the anti-immigrant Trump. The Donald’s responding salvo: Jeb was speaking Spanish when he did it.

“I like Jeb,” Trump told the right-wing Breitbart site, which has been avidly boosting his campaign. “He’s a nice man. But he should really set the example by speaking English while in the United States.”

The folks at Breitbart quoted Bush’s offending remarks — but still apparently felt the need to not sully their own tongues with the Spanish language. So instead of translating what is a very simple phrase, they attributed the English rendition to another newspaper’s account:

“El hombre no es conservador,” Bush said in Spanish of Trump in Miami, according to the Tampa Bay Times. That means, according to that newspaper, that Bush is saying of Trump: “The man is not conservative.”

Breitbart’s implicit charge of Bush’s hypocrisy rests on the idea that nobody could be a legitimate conservative themselves while speaking Spanish.

As for the merits of Bush’s criticism, Trump had a response that invoked two themes sure to impress Republican voters: Ronald Reagan and the personal greatness of Donald Trump.

“You know, Ronald Reagan wasn’t a conservative,” Trump said. “He became a great conservative. By the time I’m finished, people will say I’m a great conservative. By the time I’m finished with the presidency, after eight years of the presidency, people will say I’m a great conservative — far greater than Jeb would ever have the ability to be.”

File photo: Donald Trump and Jeb Bush at the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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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, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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