Since declaring his presidential candidacy in June, Donald Trump has called Mexican immigrants rapists and murderers, dismissed a brutal, xenophobic attack against a homeless man in Boston as “passionate,” implied that Megyn Kelly’s hormones influence her journalism, and called for the end of birthright citizenship.
The response to Trump’s incendiary and often hateful comments from many of the other Republicans in the field has largely been silence, a mild rebuke over language choice, or outright agreement. (Jeb Bush echoed Trump’s use of “anchor babies” during a debate this week, Ted Cruz called his comments on immigration “bold” and “brash.”)
But on Thursday, Bush took Trump to task—for his record of supporting liberal policies. “There’s a big difference between Donald Trump and me,” the former governor of Florida said at a forum in New Hampshire. “I’m a proven conservative with a record. He isn’t.”
I cut taxes every year; he’s proposed the largest tax increase in mankind’s history, not just our own country’s history. I have been consistently pro-life; he until recently was for partial-birth abortion. I’ve never met a person that actually thought that was a good idea. I believe we need to reform our health care system to make sure we stop the suppression of wages and allow people to have access to insurance; he’s for a single-payer system.
“He actually advocates these things,” Jeb Bush said. “He’s been a Democrat longer than a Republican.”