Today on CNN when asked by Alisyn Camerota whether he believed Donald Trump’s statement that Muslims were in New Jersey celebrating the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, Former Governor Jeb Bush said, “I don’t believe it happened. I know many Muslims who were just as angry and saddened by the attack on our country. I don’t believe it!” In other words, Jeb believes that honesty isn’t what Donald Trump is offering his supporters. Which is a sentiment that is shared by fact checkers in the media who are starting to call Donald Trump on his dishonesty.
In fact, Jeb expounded by saying, “Donald Trump says these things to pray on people’s fears, their anger, their frustrations with Washington; he’s quite effective at it. But he doesn’t know what he’s talking about! And, he’s not a serious leader. We’re living in difficult times. We need serious leadership to be able to solve the problems that we have domestically and lead America around the world so we can create peace and security for ourselves.” Going into the next Republican debate on December 15th, 2015, it is clear that Jeb is holding no punches with his “fix it” mindset.
Jeb was asked about the overnight protest in Chicago, Illinois, regarding the killing of a seventeen (17) year old African-American Laquan McDonald by officer Jason Van Dyke who is White. In delivering a very sober and honest answer Jeb said, “Well, there’s a rising tide of violence in big urban areas. Chicago has an extraordinarily high murder rate. It’s tough to be a police officer. When they do what appears to have happened here, they should be charged as was the case in this case. And the fact that there was protest and no violence is a tribute to the people of Chicago. We’re living in difficult times, I mean, if you just watch your show this morning, as I did, there’s no good news. I mean, it is troubling around the world and troubling inside of our country. And I think public leaders need to try to figure out ways to unite people around common purposes again, rather than divide us up.”
When asked who he believed in the dispute with Turkey shooting down a Russian plane on the boarder of Turkey and Syria, Jeb said, “I believe Turkey, but it will be verified by all sorts of ways through technology. Turkey is a NATO ally they are an integral part if we’re to be successful in the fight against ISIS and to change regimes, to take out Assad, it used to be our objective. If we’re serious about that, Turkey needs to be an ally and we need to show support. I think President Obama was correct to say that every country has a right to self-defense.” Jeb was asked whether Russia would be an ally of the United States. In no uncertain terms, Jeb said, “Look Russia could be our ally, but they would have to abandon their alliance with Iran and with Assad. But for Iran and Russia, Assad would not exist. That’s a key element of creating a secure Syria. We’re not going to be successful taking out ISIS without dealing with the Assad regime as well.”
Jeb was very convincing and looked very presidential as he imparted his views this morning on CNN. For the first time, Jeb showed America that he is the Republican candidate that solidly holds the winning hand and backed it up with his executive experience and readiness of knowing what to do!