Donald Trump went after President George W. Bush at last night’s GOP debate, saying that the U.S. “should have never been in Iraq” and calling the invasion “a beauty” of a mistake.
That attack led to Trump and Jeb Bush trading barbs onstage in one of the more heated exchanges of the night, with the former Florida governor stepping in to defend the Bush legacy.
“I am sick and tired of him going after my family,” said Bush. “My dad is the greatest man alive, in my mind.”
“While Donald Trump was building a reality TV show, my brother was building a security apparatus to keep us safe,” Bush added.
Trump responded by invoking 9/11: “The World Trade Center came down … That’s not keeping us safe.”
The audience responded by booing loudly.
Trump joined Fox and Friends Weekend this morning to respond to the controversy.
Asked if it was a mistake to go after Bush in a state that’s often referred to as “Bush country,” Trump answered, “I don’t think it’s a mistake to say that the war was a tremendous mistake.”
“Something’s going to have to happen with the party,” he continued.
“The war was a horrible thing. If we’re not gonna admit that, you’re gonna have yet another election where the Democrats are gonna win.”