The feud between Jeb Bush and Donald Trump intensified over the weekend with the release of a new video from Jeb’s campaign. In it, Jeb implies that he doesn’t trust The Donald with our nuclear launch codes, and neither should we. The video makes Trump look like the clown that he is for all the wildly dumb things he’s said about the military, national security and foreign policy since announcing his run for the White House.
Watch the video below, via Jeb’s YouTube channel:
As galling as it is to admit that Jeb is right, he is, annoyingly, right. Trump is a bully who thinks he can beat the world into submission; the worry that he’ll try to use our military and our nuclear arsenal to do it is a real one. Despite Jeb’s incredibly obtuse insistence that his brother kept us safe after 9-11 (which he didn’t), he’s right that trusting Trump as commander in chief of our military would be one of the worst ideas in the long, sad history of bad ideas.
When Jeb appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union,” with Jake Tapper, Tapper asked him a lot of questions about how he feels about Trump. One question had to do with why Jeb continues to object to Trump’s statements about 9-11. Jeb replied with:
Across the spectrum of foreign policy, Mr. Trump talks about things that — as though he’s still on ‘The Apprentice.’ I mean, literally, talking about Syria, saying ISIS should take out Assad, then Russia should take out ISIS, as though it was some kind of board game, and not a serious approach, is just — this is just another example of the lack of seriousness.
And this is a serious time. We’re under — we’re under grave threats again, and I think we need a president with a steady hand.
One of the more ridiculous things that Trump has said recently is that his immigration policy would have stopped 9-11. Even The Daily Caller is skeptical of that claim, and the Caller is hardly a liberal site that embraces open immigration policies. Trump said, according to Fox News:
I am extremely, extremely tough on illegal immigration. I’m extremely tough on people coming into this country. I believe that if I were running things, I doubt those families would have — I doubt that those people would have been in the country.
So there’s a good chance that those people would not have been in our country.
The Caller replied with:
Obviously, Trump’s pronouncement begs the question: What about his immigration policy would have prevented the September 11 attacks?
Nineteen terrorists carried out the al-Qaida-masterminded attacks. All 19 of them entered the United States legally. None of them were illegal immigrants. Their visas were valid.
They raise a good point, and this does help to illustrate Jeb’s point that Trump doesn’t know what he’s talking about. It also illustrates the point in Jeb’s video that Trump gets a lot of his information from cable news and television. As the Caller points out, the 9-11 Commission Report discusses, in detail, how the 19 terrorists that attacked us on that day got into the country. Since 9-11 happened 14 years ago, and the commission report came out 11 years ago, this information is something with which any presidential candidate ought to have at least a passing familiarity.
As we said before, it’s incredibly galling to side with any Republican on anything, especially one who’s as dense as Jeb. But when it comes to pointing out that Trump is not fit to be president, and pointing out all the reasons for that, it’s true.