It’s been rocky the last few weeks. Front-Runner Donald Trump has been attacked and when he returns harder than he got hit, the media and GOP has jumped on him like he stole something.
Former Florida Governor and GOP Candidate Jeb Bush says Trump’s rise in the polls is a “phenomenon” that reflects voters’ frustration and anger with the political system.
“I was surprised that Donald Trump has surged,” Bush told NBC News in an interview taped Friday. “I think he’s captured the deep frustration that people feel.”
Whoa, yeah he said it and he didn’t sound like he was trying to be funny or sarcastic!
Bush, who has fallen to third in some polls behind Trump and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, said the businessman’s appeal includes his harsh comments about some Mexican migrants. Maybe that fall woke him up on what he needs to do to move forward quickly.
“I get the lack of rule of law, the sanctuary cities, the open borders,” the former Florida governor said. “He’s, in a very graphic way, appealed to people’s anger about those things. And I think it’s important to be respectful of that. Make the case that we can fix these things. And over time, the Trump phenomenon will either succeed or fail based on his proposals.”
Bush also said he has no qualms heading into next week’s Republican debate featuring Trump and other Republican opponents.
“I’m a big boy,” he said. “I’ll be showing up with my big boy pants on.”
During the Trump discussion, Bush told NBC’s Lester Holt: “You’re not asking about Scott Walker or other real well-qualified candidates … It’s definitely a phenomenon.”
Check out the video clip:
So what do you make of Bush’s comments? Do you think he was genuine? Does he see the handwriting on the wall and feels he needs to change his campaign delivery? Share your thoughts in our comment section below and share this on your twitter/facebook timeline.
H/T – NBC News