Jeb Bush, the brother of former President George W. Bush and himself the former Governor of Florida, was steamrolled by Trump’s bullying during the 2016 Republican primary.
Originally touted as the favored candidate, Jeb found himself repeatedly emasculated and rhetorically eviscerated by Trump on the debate stage. Saddled with the Trump-manufactured moniker “low-energy Jeb,” he struggled to elicit any real excitement from the Republican base. He ended up coming across as spineless and flustered and his campaign eventually petered out. Jeb was left not only defeated, but utterly humiliated.
Now, it appears that Jeb has finally grown a backbone. Politico reports that Jeb took a brutal shot at Trump during a lecture at Yale. He said that unlike the president, he gets to go home to children “who actually love me.”
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It’s the most pointed insult he’s aimed at Trump to date and comes at a time when the president is awash in familial problems, with First Lady Melania alienated by his numerous extramarital affairs.
After lobbing the mockery, Jeb pivoted. He chose not speak about his failed campaign in much detail and made a joke that he’s not quite ready to discuss it.
“I’m not going to talk about the 2016 election. I’m still in therapy,” he said, before going on to lament the current state of American conservatism.
While Jeb would have certainly been a terribly disastrous president, one would be hard-pressed to argue that he wouldn’t be better than Trump. One can only wonder how the 2016 Republican primary may have gone differently if he had displayed this newfound aggression and personality on the campaign trail.