Former Florida governor Jeb Bush has decided to forego his disdain for President Donald Trump — at least, for now — to direct his fire in a better direction.
Targeting Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a fellow Floridian, Bush took to Twitter to hit the Democratic lawmaker for her reaction to the scandal involving a Pakistani IT staffer she employed.
Imran Awan has been accused of bank fraud by the FBI, who nabbed him as he was about to leave the U.S.
Bush was responding to a Wall Street Journal article when he slammed Wasserman Schultz and House Democrats.
“The incompetence and terrible judgment displayed by Debbie Wasserman Schultz and House Democrats is jarring,” he tweeted:
The incompetence and terrible judgment displayed by Debbie Wasserman Schultz and House Democrats is jarring. https://t.co/ZLXrDlhvIY
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) August 5, 2017
The Journal’s Kimberley A. Strassel accurately noted that “the media has largely ignored” the story, but stress that “this ought to be an enormous scandal.”
“Because based on what we already know, the Awan story is—at the very least—a tale of massive government incompetence that seemingly allowed a family of accused swindlers to bilk federal taxpayers out of millions and even put national secrets at risk,” she explained. “In a more accountable world, House Democrats would be forced to step down.”
Rep. Ron Desantis, calling the incident one of the “all-time congressional scandals in the last 30 years,” expressed concerns last week that Awan may have ties to terrorism, adding to the seriousness of the matter.
Wasserman Schultz has been taking heat for not firing Awan until after he was arrested, even though he had been banned from the House network for six months and had been fired by other Democrats.
The defiant former DNC chair insisted she “did the right thing” and said she would do it again.
“There are times when you can’t be afraid to stand alone, and you have to stand up for what’s right,” she told the Sun Sentinel in an exclusive interview.
Wasserman Schultz played both the race card and the Islamophobic card, saying she believes Awan, who is a Muslim, may have been targeted because of his faith, adding that she had “racial and ethnic profiling concerns.”
Not finished with smearing authorities, she also expressed “grave concerns about his due process rights being violated.”
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