It got brutal early between Donald Trump and Jeb Bush at Saturday night’s Republican presidential debate.
And it only got worse from there.
Bush explained that he believes Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad had to be taken out and that his foreign policy would include restoring the military, developing a strategy to destroy the Islamic State and have a policy of containment against Iran.
“Jeb is so wrong,” Trump said to a booing crowd Trump accused of being Bush’s special interests and lobbyists as he said the first thing that needed to be done was to go after ISIS.
It got worse when Trump accused Bush’s brother, former President George W. Bush of lying to get into the war in Iraq.
“They lied! They said there were weapons of mass destruction,” he said. “There were none and they knew there were none!”
Bush fired back strong.
“I’m sick and tired of him going after my family!” Bush shot back accusing Trump of even going after his mother Barbara Bush.
“She should be running,” Trump said.
And when Trump laid the blame for 9/11 at the feet of President George W. Bush, even Marco Rubio rushed to Bush’s defense.
“I just want to say, at least on behalf of me and my family, I thank God all the time it was George W. Bush in the White House on 9/11, and not Al Gore,” Rubio said to the cheers of the crowd.
“I think you can look back in in hindsight and say a couple of things, but he kept us safe. And not only did he keep us safe, but no matter what you want to say about weapons of mass destruction, Saddam Hussein was in violation of U.N. resolutions, in open violation, and the world wouldn’t do anything about it,” he added. “George W. Bush enforced what the international community refused to do and again, he kept us safe, and I am forever grateful for what he did.”
Watch the fiery exchanges below.
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