Everyone’s been talking about GOP frontrunner Donald Trump’s suggestion that President George W. Bush didn’t keep America safe after all, citing 9/11. In response, the former president’s brother, Jeb Bush, has come back swinging against the Donald.
So it might surprise some to learn which GOP presidential candidate the former president himself dissed in a recent donor gathering. As Breitbart reports, event attendees reported former president George W. had a few words to say about GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, including “I just don’t like the guy.”
As Breitbart reports:
Politico spoke to half a dozen donors at an Oct. 18 event in Denver. The attendees reported that Bush said “I just don’t like the guy.”
Bush also slammed Cruz’s alliance with runaway frontrunner Donald Trump, who has repeatedly mocked Jeb as “pathetic” and “low energy.”
“Bush said he found it ‘opportunistic’ that Cruz was sucking up to Trump and just expecting all of his support to come to him in the end,” a donor told Politico.
Bush “said he thought Cruz was going to be a pretty formidable candidate against Jeb, especially in Texas and across the South,” said another donor.
“[George W. Bush] sort of looks at this like Cruz is doing it all for his own personal gain, and that’s juxtaposed against a family that’s been all about public service and doing it for the right reasons. He’s frustrated to have watched Cruz basically hijack the Republican Party of Texas and the Republican Party in Washington,” another donor told Politico.
Bush’s spokesman Freddy Ford denied Bush’s remarks. “The first words out of President Bush’s mouth last night were that Jeb is going to earn the nomination, win the election, and be a great President. He does not view Senator Cruz as Governor Bush’s most serious rival,” Ford said.
The event was organized by the GOP establishment to bolster Jeb’s campaign. But it managed to attract only one hundred donors by offering last-minute, reduced-price ticket sales to fill up the room, Politico added.
Now, we all know Ted Cruz isn’t known for shying away from a skirmish to stand up for what he believes. But instead of firing back or going on full defense, the Cruz campaign said this:
I have great respect for George W Bush, and was proud to work on his 2000 campaign and in his administration. It’s no surprise that President Bush is supporting his brother and attacking the candidates he believes pose a threat to his campaign. I have no intention of reciprocating. I met my wife Heidi working on his campaign, and so I will always be grateful to him.
Well-played, Sen. Cruz!
Unfortunately, the GOP circular firing squad seems to be out in force these days — and if history is any guide, it will only get worse before we have our party’s nominee. But wouldn’t we all like to see more of these shots fired across the aisle rather amongst ourselves? Let’s focus on a meaningful discussion of the issues that distinguish candidates. And, equally important, how a conservative leader is the ONLY one who can set the republic — and, indeed the world — back on a right course. Let’s not tee up any more sound bites for Democrat ads.
[Note: This article was Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]