Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush spoke out against Donald Trump and his comments about Mexican immigrants — and said he is personally offended.
Bush’s wife Columba was born in Mexico and the former Florida governor, when asked if the scandal over Trump struck a sour note at home, he said, “Of course it does, absolutely.”
Bush was talking to reporters Saturday in New Hampshire, where he leads with 19% in the latest polls and where Trump comes in second with 12% in the crowded field of 14 candidates.
Trump is “wrong” and “way out of the mainstream of what Republicans think,” the brother of former President George W. Bush said.
“I don’t think he represents the Republican Party, and his views are way out of the mainstream of what Republicans think,” Bush said.
“No one suggests that we shouldn’t control our borders – everybody has a belief that we should control our borders. But to make these extraordinarily ugly kind of comments is not reflective of the Republican Party. Trump is wrong on this.”
Trump said this of Mexico when he joined the GOP scrum: “They’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing their problems. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some I assume are good people, but I speak to border guards and they tell us what we are getting.”
Trump is standing by his comments, despite losing major business deals, including Macy’s phasing out his clothing line and NBC and Univision refusing to run the Miss USA pageant.
Trump on Saturday told Fox that he is surprised at the business backlash to what he said.
“I knew it was going to be bad because I was told this. All my life I have been told this: If you are successful, you don’t run for office,” Trump said in an interview on Fox News. “I didn’t know it was going to be quite this severe, but I really knew it was going to be bad.”