Jeb Bush and Donald Trump went for each other’s jugular in speaking events roughly 50 miles apart on Wednesday night. Although both got their fair share of quotable rips against each other, Bush may have won the media coverage for once by declaring that his opponent needs to “put on his big boy pants.”
To a crowd of roughly 200 people according to CNN, Jeb Bush accused Trump of “big-dog, loud-talking, insulting leadership.”
He added, “you don’t win by telling people how stupid they are.”
Bush, the establishment favorite to win the nomination, also added his own Trump impersonation to the discussion.
“If you’re looking for the big guy on the stage, talking in the first-person, singular, ‘I, I, I, me, me, me it’s all about me,’ I’m not good at that.”
The tongue lashing against the Trump campaign came after continuing disappointment in the polls. Jeb Bush lost his lead to the former The Apprentice host in late July, and he’s yet to regain his standing. According to Real Clear Politics‘ most recent aggregated poll, Bush currently sits in the number five spot, with just nine percent of the vote. He’s behind Donald Trump (23.3 percent), Ben Carson (16.3), Carly Fiorina (11.8), and Marco Rubio (9.5).
Jeb Bush ended his Trump bashing by explaining that both he and Marco Rubio (whom Bush described as a friend) can take criticism and have their “big boy pants on,” but not so with the current front-runner.
“Donald seems to have a harder time taking criticism. And he probably needs to put on his big boy pants too. He’s running for president of the United States. He ought to take a little incoming. He’s great at giving it out.”
Trump, not one to shy away from a conflict, got in his own rips against the establishment candidate, calling the Bush-Rubio friendship “political bulls***.”
He explained, “They hate each other.”
Likewise, the real estate mogul mocked his opponent for his skimpy crowd of supporters – which he downplayed as only 150 people (Trump’s crowd was over 3,500 according to ABC News.)
There was least one substantive policy difference between the two candidates in the speeches.
Donald Trump changed his position on the incoming Syrian refugees. He once claimed that he would offer them political asylum for humanitarian reasons. He’s no longer so trusting.
“I’m putting the people on notice that are coming here from Syria as part of this mass migration, that if I win, if I win, they’re going back.”
Bush, on the other hand, explained to his crowd “I think we’re duty-bound to provide support.”
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Secretary of State John Kerry said that, by 2017, up to 85,000 Syrian refugees would be allowed into the United States.
The first reviews of Donald Trump’s tax plan have also trickled in according to CNN. The Citizens for Tax Justice, a left-leaning think tank says his plan will cost the government about $9 trillion over ten years. The right-leaning Tax Foundation says it will be even more expensive, putting the figure at about $10 trillion over ten years.
Singles making under $25,000 a year would be exempt from taxation, as well as couples making under $50,000, according to the proposal. According to the GOP front-runner, those income groups will fill out a one-page form that simply says “I win.”
Jeb Bush didn’t mention the tax plan in his Wednesday Trump bashing, but the think tanks have compared the both candidates’ proposals side-by-side. Bush’s proposal would also focus on lower taxes to spur growth, but Trump’s plan would better grow the economy and create more jobs, albeit only slightly, according to the Tax Foundation.
In the long run, Trump’s proposal would add more to the government’s debt. Jeb Bush’s plan would only cost about $1.6 trillion in lost revenues over ten years.