It’s fair to say that Donald Trump has been pretty forthcoming in his attacks against other candidates in the race for the Republican presidential nomination so far. However, there’s one candidate that appears to have faced the brunt of those attacks more than any other and that’s Jeb Bush. Well, the battle between Bush and Trump now appears to be harshly accelerating as it transpires the official Jeb Bush website now redirects to Donald Trump’s campaign site.
The whole situation however, is completely above board. As you’d likely imagine, the majority of presidential candidates reserve domains that relate to their campaigns before they announce their intention to run. With that in mind, it appears that Jeb Bush’s campaign team clearly didn’t think that the website address jebbush.com was a useful asset to the campaign, making no effort to secure the domain and ultimately leaving another candidate like Donald Trump free to snap it up. Donald Trump is no stranger to dealing low blows, especially when it comes to Jeb Bush, so it’s hard to believe that Bush’s campaign team weren’t prepared for this situation.
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Speaking to Vox, Trump’s campaign team have denied that they’re behind the registering of this website, domain and that may very well be the case. After all, Trump has an incredibly strong support base, and there’s a good chance that one of that support base’s more internet savvy members simply saw this as an easy opportunity to support their candidate.
No matter who registered this domain, it’s dealt another blow to a presidential campaign that is quite clearly struggling. Jeb Bush, the 43rd governor of Florida, expected his level of support to be high amongst Republican voters following his brother George Bush’s administration. However, Bush has consistently struggled to have his voice heard in an incredibly crowded primary scene, and frontrunner Donald Trump has been quick to paint Bush as weak. The Bush campaign’s downfall hasn’t just come as a result of Trump’s attacks however. The candidate has faced multiple mishaps, often being tarnished as just not interesting enough in a field of candidates that range from Donald Trump’s far right views to the self-proclaimed socialist, Bernie Sanders on the Democrat side. Whilst Jeb Bush may have been a credible presidential candidate in elections gone by, it’s pretty clear that voters are looking for something very different in their next President, and Bush just can’t provide that.
Either way, Bush’s failure to snap up the campaign’s most basic web domain is a pretty remarkable oversight. Online presence matters more than ever with the 2016 presidential campaign, and the last thing Bush wants is for his supporters to be won over by Trump’s policies when they next try to look-up his online presence.
Some might say that this is just another example of a complete lack of professionalism in the Jeb Bush camp and possibly goes some way to explain why he only managed to pick up a measly three percent of the votes in Iowa, with that number only increasing to 11% in New Hampshire. All eyes are now on the upcoming South Carolina primaries, where Bush is continuing to poll at around five percent. If he’s unable to pick that number up quickly, there’s a good chance that the end of the road for Jeb Bush’s presidential bid might just be around the corner.
Simply put, it doesn’t look like Jeb Bush is going to be continuing his family dynasty any time soon, and that’s no surprise considering his campaign appears to be lacking in terms of the excitement and momentum of both his father and brother’s campaigns before him. That being said, website blunders like this one certainly don’t help.
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