‘He Cyberbullied You!’: Jeb Bush Gets Cornered About His Drubbing at the Hands of Trump
It’s hard to believe that it’s been since February 20th — the night of the disappointing South Carolina primary — that former Florida Governor Jeb Bush announced he was dropping out of the 2016 race. He has kept a remarkably low profile ever since, but opened up Monday night in an exclusive interview with Nicolle Wallace on MSNBC.
Wallace, who has served various Bush family members in politics as a GOP strategist, hit her former boss pretty hard on the outsider elephant in the room: his unexpected loss to real estate mogul Donald Trump. After all, when he started his campaign, Bush had $114 million to his name and was the longstanding establishment favorite to win the nomination. Then came the dismantling at the hands of a few well-placed nicknames, and suddenly Bush was sitting opposite Wallace in Florida for their sit-down rather than gearing up for the general election showdown with Hillary Clinton.
“I gave it my all, I gave it my heart, I worked my tail off,” he told Wallace in the interview. “Looking back on it I’m not sure what I could’ve done [differently].”
Wallace grilled Bush directly about the fact that he got pushed around during the heated primary race. “Do you ever think ‘If I just slugged him in the jaw at the first debate, maybe I would’ve gone down but would’ve done my country and my party a service by taking down the school yard bully’?”
“I mean, he cyberbullied you!” Wallace said over Bush’s response. “What he did in the context as a candidate would get any kid kicked out of any school in America.”
Bush balked. “This is the environment of reality TV… kudos for Trump for winning the nomination. It was extraordinary.”
Watch the above clip from MSNBC.
J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) is an editorial producer and columnist at Mediaite.
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