Jeb Bush snapped at a reporter Thursday for yelling in his ear from behind. He didn’t much like the question the guy asked, either.
After using the term “anchor babies” Wednesday at a New Hampshire town hall meeting, Bush, former governor of Florida, was hounded by reporters the next day, asking him whether he thought the term offensive.
At a campaign press conference, the classic “do you regret” question was thrown out by one reporter .
“No, I don’t. I don’t regret it,” Bush said in a frustrated tone.
After being pressed by the same reporter, he snapped, “No, do you have a better term? OK, you give me, you give me a better term and I’ll use it. I’m serious. Don’t yell at me behind my ear, though. Jeez.”
“Anchor babies” became a hot topic after the exchange.
If Donald Trump’s “tell it like it is” campaign for the presidency has done anything, it’s to throw his Republican competitors into disarray.
Those who try to emulate his blunt, straight talk get hammered by the left; those who try to be more politically correct risk being scolded by the right.
A fiery @JebBush gets testy over the term “anchor babies” http://t.co/icQvuuFfI6 pic.twitter.com/Povtbdn8rz
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 21, 2015
Which was followed in short order by Democratic Party leader Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton:
“Anchor babies”???? If you were looking for proof that Jeb Bush doesn’t stand with immigrants → http://t.co/YEZ7NPobMS — D Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) August 20, 2015
In response to “Anchor Baby” debacle, @HillaryClinton offers @JebBush some suggestions http://t.co/bbHqZmystr pic.twitter.com/CuDkUGPEkE
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 21, 2015
“How about ‘babies’?”
Too bad she can’t use that word to described the truly innocent: the unborn.
After seeing the hornets’ nest Bush stirred up by defending his use of the term “anchor babies,” fellow Floridian Sen. Marco Rubio decided to be a bit more circumspect.
During an interview with CNBC’s John Harwood that aired Thursday, Rubio declined to use the term “anchor babies” to describe children born in the United States to illegal immigrants. “Well, these are 13 million — those are human beings. And ultimately, they are people. They are not just statistics. They are human beings with stories,” Rubio told Harwood.
The Daily Mail’s White House correspondent, Francesca Chambers, took note and tweeted:
Rubio refused to get caught in the same trap this morning. Asked about ‘anchor babies’ by CNBC, he said, ‘Those are human beings.’ — Francesca Chambers (@fran_chambers) August 20, 2015
Trap? Since when is accurately describing someone a “trap”? Others wondered also and responded to Chambers:
@fran_chambers What trap? The truth?
— Timothy Schlink (@Tim196th) August 21, 2015
@fran_chambers that’s why Rubio is so low in the polls ! He is just another spinning politician! — amanda pergola (@amperg33) August 20, 2015
@fran_chambers no shit. The question is do they deserve U.S. citizenship.
— Robert Anderson (@rgajr13) August 21, 2015
Then there were these observations:
@TIMENOUT What happens when you load up your boat with anchors? It sinks! — Ticked Texan (@1_whoisjohngalt) August 21, 2015
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