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    Okay to use Barbara Bush’s words against Jeb in attack ad? (Reader Poll)

    Okay to use Barbara Bush’s words against Jeb in attack ad? (Reader Poll)

    The Donald drops a “Your Mom”

    This month, we’ve seen Donald Trump levy a successful assault against Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign.

    Trump forced Bush into a messaging pivot on immigration, revealed some ruffled feathers in the Bush camp, and successfully dangled reports that several of Bush’s donors have approached a Kasich-friendly PAC in Ohio.

    When it comes to optics, Trump’s winning.

    Trump’s latest social media offering, however, may just fall flat on its face. Team Trump put together a short Instagram video featuring family matriarch Barbara Bush uttering the words no Bush in politics ever wants to hear: no more Bushes.

    Watch:

    Even Barbara Bush agrees with me.

    A video posted by Donald J. Trump (@realdonaldtrump) on

    It’s true—Barbra Bush said those unfortunate words in a 2013 interview.

    She’s also played a significant role in Jeb’s fundraising efforts, so there’s an argument to be made that her words are fair game. The only problem is that she served up a good natured recant of her comment this year during a live Skype conversation that featured former President George H.W., saying, “I’m changin’ my mind!”

    Watch:


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    Trump can realistically do and say whatever he wants; but using someone with the personal appeal and gravitas of Barbara Bush as political ammunition is questionable. Particularly when there’s more than enough evidence to suggest that the former First Lady has since become convinced that Jeb is the best man for the job.

    What do you think?

    (Poll Open Until Midnight, Pacific Time, on Tuesday night, August 25)


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    MarlaHughes | August 25, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Of course it’s okay to use it. Everyone knew that some opponent was going to use it against JEB if he ran as soon as she said it. She’ll likely release a brief statement and/or he’ll toss out a quick sentence about his Mom always having a mind of her own but behind him 100% and then it’s useless as an attack ad.
    Unless Trump is stupid enough to go toe to toe with Barbara Bush. If he insults her, he will be toast.


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