Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Jeb Bush are very upset because Sen. Bernie Sanders refused to do their dirty work for them by attacking Hillary Clinton for her use of private email.
Video of Trump on Morning Joe:
When asked about Sanders speaking out against the Republican and media obsession with Clinton’s emails, Trump said, “I think Bernie, actually, for the sake of a good soundbite, let her off the hook. You have an FBI investigation on the emails, and he just let her off. And I think that when you’re losing – because he is losing badly if you look nationally – when you’re losing that badly, you have to go a lot stronger.”
Meanwhile, On Fox and Friends, Jeb Bush had his own complaints about Sanders not acting like a classless Republican.
Bush said, “I thought it was interesting that they didn’t go after her, particularly on the email issue, because look, there’s an FBI investigation, she hasn’t been forthcoming. It’s clear the Russians and Chinese were trying to hack into her server. Information crossing that server was of national security interest, for sure. I would have taken her to task for that, and if she wins the nomination and if I win the nomination, trust me, this is not going to end.”
Bush and Trump are angry because they expected Sen. Sanders to do their dirty work for them.
Let me say something that may not be great politics, but I think the Secretary is right, and that is the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails, and let me say something else about the media as well. I go around the country and talk to a lot of people middle class in this country is collapsing, we have 27 million people living in poverty, we have trade policies that have cost us millions of decent jobs. The American people want to know if we are going to have a democracy or an oligarchy as a result of Citizens United. Enough of the emails, let’s talk about the real issues facing America.
The one lesson that Bush, Trump, and the other Republican presidential candidates learned last night is that the rest of the Democratic field is not going to give them ammo to use against Hillary Clinton. The comments from both Trump and Bush also suggest that if Hillary Clinton is the nominee, Republicans are planning to run a dirt filled issueless smear campaign against her.
Republicans don’t understand what Sanders did because they can’t comprehend doing the right thing. The Republican candidates spend all of their time trying to tear each other down while the Democratic field is building a cohesive message for their nominee to take into the fall of 2016.
This difference between the two parties is why Democrats have won 5 of the last 6 presidential election popular votes while Republicans struggle to stop fighting with each other long enough to select a nominee.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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