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Jeb’s revenge: Bitter Bush pushes for GOP primary challenger for Trump in 2020

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Is there any wonder one of CNN’s favorite Trump-hating Republicans, Ana Navarro, is a former strategist for Jeb Bush?

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who was unable to compete with Donald Trump in the 2016 Republican primary, is calling for a challenger to primary the president in 2020.

Appropriately, Bush appeared on CNN’s “The Axe Files,” on Saturday and told former Obama adviser David Axelrod that Trump’s policies are “dangerous.”

“I think someone should run just because Republicans ought to be given a choice,” he said. “It’s hard to beat a sitting president, but to have a conversation about what it is to be a conservative, I think it’s important.”

 

There are many who would argue that Bush is not one to speak on what it means to be a conservative. These same critics will say the elitist, self-righteous attitude from Bush is a key reason he lost in 2016.

Axelrod and Bush were discussing Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, who may be toying with the idea of challenging Trump, when he made the comment.

“I didn’t realize I was part of his pre-campaign,” Bush quipped, when Axelrod noted that Bush spoke at Hogan’s inauguration.

Echoing a narrative often heard on the left, that America cannot repeat past successes without also bringing back past mistakes, Bush took what appeared to be a subtle shot at Trump’s “Make America Great Again” tagline.

“And our country needs to have competing ideologies that people — that are dynamic, that focus on the world we’re in and the world we’re moving toward rather than revert back to a nostalgic time,” he said.

Bush, who Trump dubbed “Low Energy Jeb” in 2016, ripped the president on foreign policy.

 

“We haven’t had a major crisis to deal with, but this unilateralism, or going-alone-ism, I think is really dangerous,” he said. “Our friends no longer believe they can trust the United States and our enemies, in many cases, feel emboldened by this approach.”

Bush went on to suggest say a “bipartisan kind of consensus on foreign policy” is what “has, by and large, kept America safe.”

And while he did have some praise for Trump, Bush said the president struggles with his “kingly duties” — an interesting choice of words from a political class Republican.

“You can honestly say he’s done good things in terms of policy and applaud them,” he said. “I think the symbolic, you know the kingly duties of the presidency, that’s where he falls short, and it’s important.”

Here’s a quick sampling of responses from Twitter, to include on whether Bush should challenge Trump:

https://twitter.com/JesseKellyDC/status/1106665572920688640

Tom Tillison

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