On July 12 Meet The Press host Chuck Todd responded to the groundswell Donald Trump’s opposition to illegal immigration has garnered by pointing out that Jeb Bush could get around being confronted by Trump by simply refusing to take part in any debate in which Trump is allowed.
After all, Todd painted Trump’s stand for secure borders as reminiscent of “George Wallace and things like [that].” This opens opens the door for Bush to say he won’t debate Trump on principle–although dodging the debate would actually be a last ditch effort to avoid having Trump go step by step through Bush’s immigration record in front of primary voters
Speaking in Phoenix on July 11, Trump provided a small glimpse into how familiar he is with Bush’s immigration record and beyond, and gave everyone a taste of how relentless the attack on Bush’s record and policies will be.
[Bush] is terrible. He’s weak on immigration. You know the sanctuary cities? You know [Bush] had five of them in Florida while he was governor? Can you believe this?
He’s totally in favor of Common Core. Meaning your children in Phoenix–and other places–are going to be educated by bureaucrats from Washington, who for the most part just want to pick up a check. Give me a break.
Trump will also be able to remind debate viewers of Bush’s April 6 statements on Fox New Sunday; statements in which Bush described crossing the border illegally as “an act of love.”
I’m going to say this and it will be on tape, and so be it. The way I look at this is someone who comes to our country because they couldn’t come legally, they come to our country because their family’s dad who loves their children was worried that their children didn’t have food on the table, and they wanted to make sure their family was intact. And they crossed the border because they had no other means to work to be able to provide for their family. Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s kind of — it’s a — it’s an act of love.
Chuck Todd and others see that Trump is not backing down, so now is a good time to remind the former governor that he can avoid the onslaught by refusing the debate altogether–on grounds that Trump allegedly sounds like “George Wallace,” of course.
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