During the Republican debate Wednesday night, one of Jeb Bush’s only applause lines came from countering an attack from Donald Trump on the presidency of George W. Bush. Jeb claimed that his brother “kept us safe.” While that line played well in the Reagan Presidential Library, it did not play as well with the families of 9/11 victims.
Many took to twitter to remind the candidate that the 2001 terrorist attacks occurred under the watch of President George W. Bush. This did not deter the Jeb Bush campaign from trying score further points from the line. Yesterday, his campaign tweeted a photo of President Bush standing on the rubble of the World Trade Center.
“Jeb Bush’s revised version of history is pure fiction,” said Nancy Meyer, a member of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, in an email to International Business Times. “If we were so safe during the GW Bush administration, why did 9/11 happen at all? Richard A. Clarke of the Clinton White House tried to warn the incoming Bush administration months before the attacks, and he was turned away. The NSA [National Security Agency] briefing warning of imminent attacks that GW Bush refused to read was entitled, ‘Terrorists Determined to Strike in US.'”
It is obvious that the biggest problem for the Jeb Bush campaign is the legacy of his brothers failed presidency. Jeb is both trying convince voters that he is “his own man” while also trying to rewrite the history of the Bush Presidency. Sadly for Jeb, he is failing at both.
Watch Thom Hartmann address this issue:
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