With all of America seemingly taking one side or the other, you can put former Texas Gov. Rick Perry firmly in the camp that disapproves of Donald Trump’s colorful description of illegal immigrants.
“The fact is that I’ve said very clearly that Donald Trump does not represent the Republican Party,” the presidential candidate said of his fellow GOP contender. “I was offended by his remarks.”
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Appearing Sunday on ABC News’ “This Week,” Perry said he doesn’t believe Trump “understands the challenge” of protecting the border with Mexico, pointing to his 14 years of experience in dealing with the issue as governor of the Lone Star State.
“To paint with that broad a brush that Donald Trump did, is, I mean — he’s going to have to defend those remarks,” Perry said. “I never will. And I will stand up and say that those are offensive, which they were.”
Perry was not the only Republican contender to take offense to Trump’s remark over the Independence Day weekend.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, married to a Mexican, said told reporters Saturday in New Hampshire that he was personally offended.
“No one suggests that we shouldn’t control our borders – everybody has a belief that we should control our borders,” Bush said. “But to make these extraordinarily ugly kind of comments is not reflective of the Republican Party. Trump is wrong on this.”
Trump took to social media Sunday to respond to the criticism. In a play on Perry’s appearance — Trump may want to rethink that one — he said the former governor “needs a new pair of glasses.”
He also reminded followers of Bush’s comment last year about illegal immigration being an “act of love.”
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