‘You’re Pathetic’: Trump and Jeb go at it over World Trade Center comment

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Donald Trump deserves credit for one thing, the man knows how to dominate a news cycle.

The Republican presidential front-runner kicked up a firestorm Friday with a comment that some say blamed former President George W. Bush for the attack on 9/11.

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The real estate tycoon was being interviewed by Bloomberg TV anchor, Stephanie Ruhle, discussing presidential leadership during challenging times.

“When you talk about George Bush – I mean, say what you want, the World Trade Center came down during his time,” Trump said, when Ruhle mentioned Bush.

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Ruhle interjected to say Bush couldn’t be blamed for that, but Trump shrugged her off.

“He was president, OK? … Blame him or don’t blame him, but he was president,” he said. “The World Trade Center came down during his reign.”

The reaction was immediate, beginning with Bush’s brother, fellow presidential contender Jeb Bush, who ripped into Trump on social media:

Staying true to form, Trump counter-punched with stinging commentary:

One person not amused with Trump’s comment was former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, who served in the Bush administration.

“When Donald Trump implies that since 9/11 took place on Bush’s watch he is partially responsible for it, he’s starting to sound like a truther,” Fleischer told CNN. “And after all, does Donald Trump also think since Pearl Harbor happened on FDR’s watch that FDR is responsible?”

Naturally, Trump’s initial comment and the exchange between the two GOP candidates set social media afire. Even liberals, who love to hate W, got in on the brouhaha.

Here’s sampling of responses from Twitter:

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