Friday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush reacted to his opponent Donald Trump suggesting a database to track Muslims in the Untied States would be appropriate by saying the comments are “just wrong.”
Bush said, “You talk about internment, you talk about closing mosques, you talk about registering people, that’s just wrong. I don’t care about campaigns. It’s not a question of toughness. It’s to manipulate people’s angst and their fears. That’s not strength, that’s weakness. Look campaigns are important for sure. We’re electing a president but there are things that are important as it relates to the values that we have as a country that make us special and unique and we should not and we will never abandon them in the pursuit of this fight. We don’t have to.”
He added, “We have two competing sets of pessimism in this country on the political realm. On the left we have Barrack Obama that’s constantly saying that anybody that disagrees with him is bad or has bad motives. On the right we have an emerging group as well that would tell us that we should abandon American values. I think that we need to be resolute in the fight against Islamic terrorists. Call it what it is. Create a strategy. Deal with it. We have the strength and capabilities to do this but in protection of our values and not abandonment of them.