FIRING BACK

Jeb Bush Blasts Trump’s ‘Abhorrent’ Immigration Shift

During a Thursday interview with WABC, Jeb Bush took Donald Trump to task for his recent “softening” on immigration policy. “Well, I can only say that whatever his views are this morning, they might change this afternoon, and they were different than they were last night, and they'll be different tomorrow,” the former Florida governor told host Rita Cosby. In recent days, Trump’s apparent shift on his hardline anti-immigration stance has in fact echoed the policies Bush expressed in the primary.

Trump’s views, Bush continued, “seem to be ever, ever changing, depending on what crowd he’s in front of. Sounds like a typical politician, by the way, where you get in front of one crowd and say one thing, and then say something else to another crowd that may want to hear a different view. All the things that Donald Trump railed against, he seems to be morphing into—it’s kind of disturbing.”

Bush was perplexed as to what Trump really believes because he changes his stated beliefs so often. “His views will change based on the feedback he gets from a crowd, or, you know, what he thinks he has to do,” Bush said. “Life is too complex. For me I couldn’t do that. I have to believe what I believe, and if it’s popular, great, if it’s not, I try to get better at presenting my views. But shifting my views because, because it’s political to do it? That’s what politicians do in this country, that's what Trump is trying to do right now. I find it abhorrent.”

Gideon Resnick