It looks as though Jeb Bush and the other Republican presidential hopefuls have finally started working out, as the gloves have finally come off when it comes to holding Donald Trump accountable for his words. Trump was under consistent attack from Bush throughout the latest debate, who had no problem in repeatedly bringing up Trump’s plan to bar Muslims from the US.
What the focus finally turned to was who was the toughest when it came to foreign policy, and protecting Americans from the imminent threat of terrorism. No amount of free weight lifting can prepare a candidate for that position, as when terror does strike again – and it will – it will be he or she who will have to shoulder the blame.
Bush has been struggling in the polls, yet had no trouble in pointing out the fear raising tactics that Trump has been using to rally support. This worked to some extent, as the other candidates were quick to point out that it is easy to raise fear, but planning an effective strategy to wipe out terrorism takes a whole different level of strength.
And on that point they are right. Just like with building physical strength by adding weight to your dumbbells, you have to be prepared to add to your arsenal of weaponry to fight terrorism. Terrorism is not only fought with bombs and guns, it requires intelligence tactics and planning before it can be effectively wiped out. A weightlifter will use rowing machines and other equipment to gain his strength, and the GOP needs to start thinking about what other types of weapons they have at their disposal.
Since entering the race in June, Trump has continually belittled Bush, especially in terms of his energy and strength. On this night, Bush took the bait and replied to Trump’s insults; “Donald, you’re not going to be able to insult your way to the presidency – that’s not going to happen. Leadership is not about attacking people and disparaging people. Leadership is about creating a serious strategy.”
Surprisingly considering the polls, Trump’s rebuttal was received with boos from the crowd; “With Jeb’s attitude, we will never be great again, that I can tell you – we will never be great again.”
A presidential debate has not centered so much around safety of the American people, and their fear, since immediately following the attacks on September 11, 2001. The threat of terrorism has become the defining issue in the race right now, and the Republican candidates are sharply divided on the best method for fighting back and preventing further attacks.
The insults were targeted and apparent, with Bush calling Trump a chaos candidate who would make a chaos president. He even went on to insinuate that Trump’s only talent was at delivering great one-liners. Ironic, since the best one-liner of the night came from Bush when speaking of how Trump gets his military advice; “I wouldn’t get my information from the shows. I don’t know if that’s Saturday morning or Sunday morning.”
Now that’s entertainment.