Jeb Bush Allegedly Calls Donald Trump ‘Buffoon,’ ‘Clown’ and ‘Asshole’

bushtrumpThursday night’s GOP debate among the party’s top 10 presidential contenders on Fox News has already become, like all things political, a circus sideshow. Yet that didn’t stop Jeb Bush from calling rival Donald Trump an “a**hole” while in conversation with a donor.

According to a recent Politico article, Bush unloaded on the business mogul after he retweeted a distasteful comment about the former Florida Governor’s wifeColumba Bush. Columba is Mexican-American, and this spurred one of Trump’s fans to suggest that “Bush has to like Mexican illegals because of his wife.” Bush initially tried to distance himself from Trump’s “vitriol,” but the tactic seems to have failed.

Both the donor and the various sources for the alleged account are unknown, but the story goes that Bush rhetorically asked, “Seriously, what’s this guy’s problem?” He subsequently referred to Trump via several choice words, including (but not limited to) “buffoon,” “clown” and “a**shole.”

Whether or not Bush actually said these things about the Donald, the backstage banter between the two at Thursday night’s debate on Fox News should make for additionally wonderful (and unconfirmed) bits about storied insults.

[h/t Talking Points Memo, Politico]
[Image via Jason Kempin (FilmMagic) / Gage Skidmore]

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