At Saturday’s Republican presidential debates, Donald Trump made a controversial claim currently reverberating into this week’s political commentary.
Trump’s comments came amid a heated exchange between Jeb Bush and Trump. Bush said;
So here’s the deal. I’m sick and tired of Barack Obama blaming my brother for all of the problem’s that he’s (Obama) had. And frankly, I could care less about the insults that Donald Trump gives to me. It’s blood sport for him. He enjoys it. And I’m glad he’s happy about it. But I am sick and tired. I am sick and tired of him going after my family. My dad is the greatest man alive in my mind. While Donald Trump was building a reality-TV show, my brother was building a security apparatus to keep us safe. And I’m proud of what he did. He’s had the gall to go after my brother…
Trump immediately jumped in saying, “World Trade Center came down during your brother’s reign,” to which the crowd instantly booed Trump’s comments. Taking it one step further Trump said, “That’s not keeping us safe.”
Marco Rubio reiterated Bush’s claim that George Bush kept the U.S. safe.
But Trump rebuked him, as well.
“How did he keep us safe when the World Trade Center came down? I lost hundreds of friends, the World Trade Center came down during the reign of George Bush,” Trump said, while the crowd booed again loudly. “That is not safe, Marco, that is not safe.”
Trump then intimated Bush could’ve prevented 9/11 by killing Osama Bin Laden but Trump stated, “But he didn’t listen to the advice of his CIA.”
Now, even liberal left-leaning commentators are pointing out what they see as an obvious flaw in Trump’s Bush-blaming beliefs. MSNBC commentator Joy Reid remarked on the exchange from the Republican debate. “No elected Democrat has even said that,” Reid said, referencing Trump blaming Bush for 9/11.
Katon Dawson, former George W. Bush campaign chairperson and a guest on Reid’s show, said it was a big mistake for Trump to blame George W. Bush for 9/11. Dawson said Bush’s popularity rating is still in the 80th percentile among South Carolina voters, and going after the former president was a mistake for many reasons.
Dawson said South Carolina voters now know Trump can’t handle a punch and the other candidates have all the video and audio sound bites they need to oppose Trump in South Carolina.
“Trump didn’t handle a punch very well,” Dawson concluded.