He ripped into George HW Bush for raising taxes "monstrously" and labeled George W. Bush "a horrible president—possibly the worst in the history of this country." So it's no surprise that Donald Trump now has Jeb Bush in his crosshairs—the latest result of a tense relationship between Trump and the Bush family that goes back decades, the Washington Post reports. Trump offered 33 insults to the Bushes during a 35-minute interview with the Post this week, by the paper's count. An anonymous Trump associate says it's gotten so bad that The Donald's presidential run may have a secondary ulterior motive: "He's very smart, he's driven, and he has two goals: One, to be elected president, and two, to have Jeb not be president." The Post notes the Trump-Bush bashfest has a lot to do with the class war between the two factions.
"The Bushes were never Trump's cup of tea," an ex-Trump adviser tells the paper, adding the feeling is mutual: "[Trump's] not from old, WASP money. The Trumps didn't come on the Mayflower." Now that Trump and Jeb Bush are facing off for the GOP nomination, Trump has ramped up the skewerings, including ones he served up to the Post such as, "He's not up to snuff. … Jeb is never going to bring us to the promised land." Jeb, meanwhile, occasionally fights back, but often without naming Trump. "There are some people running ... [who] think that volume in their language is a kind of ... leadership," he said yesterday in Pensacola, Fla. One thing not reconciling with Trump's vitriol: a passage from his 2000 book, The America We Deserve, which says Jeb Bush is a "good man" who's "exactly the kind of political leader this country needs now and will very much need in the future. … I believe we could get another president from the Bushes." (Trump's ire has temporarily moved from the Bushes to Oreo cookies.)