CNN’s Tapper to Bush: Why does your brother get free pass for 9/11, but not Hillary for Benghazi?

Intentional or not, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump‘s efforts to steer fellow candidate Jeb Bush into a position of defending his brother is proving to be a cunning move, given how much Bush struggled with the issue Sunday.

Trump noted during an interview last week with Bloomberg that 9/11 occurred on President George W. Bush’s watch.

“He was president, OK?” the real estate tycoon said. “Blame him, or don’t blame him, but he was president. The World Trade Center came down during his reign.”

Younger brother Jeb appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” and seemed ill-prepared when confronted with the topic. He tried hard to turn the tables on Trump, but struggled to explain why he blames Hillary Clinton for the attack in Benghazi while defending his brother in the 9/11 attacks.

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“My brother responded to a crisis and united the country, he organized our country and he kept us safe,” Bush told host Jake Tapper. “And there’s no denying that.  And the great majority of Americans believe that. And I don’t know why [Trump] keeps bringing this up.”

Tapper dared ask Bush if loyalty to his older brother “might be in some ways a political or policy liability blinding you to mistakes he made.”

“It’s what you do after that matters,” Bush replied. “Does anybody actually blame my brother for the attacks on 9/11? If they do, they’re totally marginalized in our society. It’s what he did afterwards that mattered, and I’m proud of him. And so are a bunch of other people.”

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Bush was pressed on the difference between Benghazi and 9/11.

“Well, I — the question on Benghazi, which we will now finally get the truth to, is was the place secure?” Bush stammered. “They had a responsibility at the Department of State to have proper security.”

Tapper reiterated the point that if terrorists were responsible for 9/11, then why not for Benghazi?

“They are.” Bush replied. “But if the ambassador was asking for additional security and they didn’t get it, that’s a proper point.”

There’s little dispute that Bush spending this much time and energy defending his brother’s presidency is not helpful to his campaign, meaning Trump’s initial remarks  may have been more calculating that they first appeared.


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