Politics

Bush, Kasich Try to Dismiss Trump

The real estate mogul is not a 'serious' candidate, claims Jeb, who is seriously behind

Two desperate Establishment-backed candidates threw reality out the window Sunday, suggesting that Donald Trump is not a real contender even as polls show him trouncing each of them.

Appearing in an interview on the CBS program “Face the Nation,” former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush tried to claim that Trump was not a serious candidate.

“If you listen to him talk, it’s kind of scary to be honest with you, because he’s not a serious candidate,” Bush said.

Trump is so unserious that Sunday’s RealClearPolitics polling average puts him at 28.7 percent, giving him more than four times the backing of Bush, who comes in at 5.3 percent.

Bush called into question Trump’s national security credentials, describing his GOP opponent as not only “uninformed,” but also “scary” and claiming that Trump is “preying” on people’s fears.

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Meantime, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, appearing on ABC’s “This Week” with guest host Martha Raddatz, declared that Trump would never win, even though he is winning.

“He’s not going to be the nominee, Martha, because, at the end, look, he may have 20 percent of the vote. But he’s got 80 percent of Republicans who don’t support him,” Kasich said.

Kasich attacked Trump for calling “women and Muslims and Hispanics” names and “mocking reporters.”

Actually, Trump’s support is closer to 30 percent. Kasich, with 2.7 percent of the vote according to RCP, is not supported by 97.3 percent of Republicans.

Kasich attacked Trump for calling “women and Muslims and Hispanics” names and “mocking reporters.”

Unfortunately, in focusing on Trump’s undiplomatic language rather than the concerns of the voters to whom Trump greatly appeals, Bush and Kasich are playing the left’s game of PC language policing and using charges of “extremist” to silence political opponents.

This game was on full display Sunday in the wake of the shooting last week at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado and an official statement from the organization that suggested pro-life political rhetoric was somehow responsible for the tragedy.

Appearing on “Meet the Press,” Trump refused to criticize the often charged rhetoric surrounding the abortion debate or blame it for the actions of alleged gunman Robert Lewis Dear, despite efforts by host Chuck Todd to pry from the candidate a condemnation of the pro-life movement.

In an interview on “Face the Nation,” Ben Carson stopped short of directly blaming pro-life rhetoric for the shooting, but he said that “hateful rhetoric no matter which side it comes from, right or left, is something that is detrimental to our society.”

But Carly Fiorina, appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” slammed liberals for directing blame for the actions of Dear at pro-life rhetoric, denouncing the attempt to “link this terrible tragedy to anyone who opposes abortion or the sale of body parts” as “typical left-wing tactics.”

“This is so typical of the left,” Fiorina said, “to immediately begin demonizing the messenger because they don’t agree with the message.”

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