Jeb Bush Says He ‘Absolutely’ Took Donald Trump’s Remarks About Mexican Immigrants Personally

Jeb Bush greeted supporters at a Fourth of July parade on Saturday in Amherst, N.H. (PHOTO CREDIT: Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images North America)
Jeb Bush greeted supporters at a Fourth of July parade on Saturday in Amherst, N.H. (PHOTO CREDIT: Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images North America)

Jeb Bush, whose wife is Mexican and three children were raised to celebrate their bicultural roots, showed a flash of anger on Saturday as he said that he “absolutely” took personal offense when Donald Trump recently described Mexican immigrants coming to the United States as “rapists” and criminals.

Mr. Bush, a former Florida governor, used his strongest language yet to denounce Mr. Trump, a rival for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination and the second-place finisher behind Mr. Bush in a New Hampshire poll that was conducted after Mr. Trump made those remarks. Mr. Bush, after marching in an Independence Day parade here with two of his children, George and Noelle, said that Mr. Trump’s views are “way out of the mainstream” of the party.

“To make these extraordinarily ugly kind of comments is not reflective of the Republican Party,” Mr. Bush said about Mr. Trump, whose comments caused NBC, Univision, Macy’s and others to cut ties with him.

“He’s doing this — he’s not a stupid guy, so I don’t assume he thinks that every Mexican crossing the border is a rapist. He’s doing this to inflame and incite and to draw attention, which seems to be the organizing principle of his campaign,” Mr. Bush said.

Asked if he took Mr. Trump’s remarks personally, given his family, Mr. Bush became a little cross.

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SOURCE: NY Times, Patrick Healy