Sometimes, I really appreciate Donald Trump’s big mouth. During Saturday’s Republican debate, Trump brought up the GOP elephant in the room – that despite Republicans constantly screaming that the Democrats are weak on security, both 9/11 and the Iraq war (which led to IS) happened on their watch.
Trump attacked Jeb Bush, saying that he was wrong about the Middle East. Bush responded with a barb saying that Trump “gets his foreign policy from the shows.” Trump then talked about Jeb’s brother George, and Jeb responded “I’m sick and tired of him going after my family!”
Trump countered, saying “The World Trade Center came down during your brother’s reign. Remember that. That’s not keeping us safe.”
Then Marco Rubio defended Bush, claiming that 9/11 was Clinton’s fault. “The World Trade Center came down because Bill Clinton didn’t kill Osama bin Laden when he had the chance to kill him. I just want to say, at least on behalf of me and my family, I thank God all the time it was George W. Bush in the White House on 9/11, and not Al Gore.”
Trump responded, “How did he keep us safe when the World Trade Center–the World Trade–excuse me. I lost hundreds of friends. The World Trade Center came down during the reign of George W. Bush. He kept us safe? That is not safe. That is not safe.”
I always wonder if somewhere, deep in the Republican psyche, they realize how stupid they sound when they keep repeating that Bush kept us safe. Not just 9/11, but anthrax attacks after that, and lying us into a disastrous war in Iraq? Do they really think that they can just keep repeating that nonsense and people will give them a pass for the worst terrorist attack on America ever?