Did Jeb Bush just blame the Pope for Trump’s rise? It sure sounds like it

Former 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush is now saying that presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump didn’t get to the top on his own in the primary. Apparently, he had some help from Pope Francis.

In an interview with MSNBC, Bush said Trump got a boost in the GOP primary because of his short-lived feud with the Pope over a Southern border-wall, according to the New York Post.

“The pope intervening in American politics didn’t help,” Bush said in an interview Monday with MSNBC, referring to the Mass the pontiff said at the US-Mexico border just before the South Carolina primary — highlighting a hot-button issue for Trump, who has vowed to build a wall there.

“The news cycle was dominated by that. Trump, to his credit, was very smart at exploiting these kind of opportunities,” Bush griped.

“You’re a Catholic blaming the pope?” interviewer and former Bush staffer Nicolle Wallace wondered.

“No, no, I’m not blaming,” Bush said with a laugh. “I mean, [I had] been talking about basically open borders at a time when the whole Trump phenomena was to build a wall and let, make Mexico pay for where he goes — literally goes to the border for a massive Mass.”

Bush added, “And he had every right to preach the gospel there. But I don’t think he should be intervening. I don’t know if he understood that he was intervening in our political affairs.”

After being perceived by GOP insiders as the most viable candidate for the Republican field, Bush received only 7 percent in the South Carolina primary and subsequently, dropped out of the race.

Now, he says “Conservatism is dead” and therefore won’t be voting for Hillary Clinton or Trump.

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