Donald Trump and Jeb Bush have continued their feud. On Tuesday, former Florida Gov. Bush spoke in Spanish while criticizing Trump's credibility as a conservative, according to CNN. Then, in an interview with Breitbart News, Trump said Bush should speak English, not Spanish, when he's in the United Bush then answered Trump's comment on Twitter, where he said Trump was being offensive to people who come to the U.S. to pursue their dreams, and many of them don't speak English at first.
On Tuesday, Bush said, "El hombre no es conservador," which translates to, "This man is not a conservative," according to CNN. Then Bush said Trump shouldn't be taken seriously as a conservative because he supports "people like Nancy Pelosi," he has donated money to Hillary Clinton, Trump has been a Democrat for longer than he has been a Republican, and Trump has said he feels more comfortable as a Democrat. In his interview with Breitbart News, Trump first responded to the comments by saying, "I like Jeb. He's a nice man. But he should really set the example by speaking English while in the United States," according to CNN.
Then he compared his transition to being a conservative to that of Ronald Reagan's, suggested he would win the election, and then suggested that he would even win a second term in 2020. Bush has since responded to Trump in an interview with ABC News. He said Trump doesn't believe in the shared values that bring people who may speak a number of different languages together in the U.S., according to a YouTube video of the interview. Bush also tweeted responses to Trump's comment that he should speak English, saying Trump is trying to insult his way to the top.
But this is a risky fight for Bush to engage in. Republicans have said that taking on Trump could mean that Bush might propel Trump's rise to fame and hurt his own nomination. But if Bush doesn't strike back, voters could perceive him as weak, according to the The Washington Post. Ana Navarro, a longtime GOP strategist backing Bush, said the threat of appearing weak is a greater risk, so Bush has to engage with Trump, according to the Post:
Knowing Jeb, I'm sure he'd prefer to be talking about policy proposals rather than trading verbal jabs with Trump. But what ... is he going do? Let the guy mischaracterize his record and positions and attack him daily? Enough is enough. If Trump wants to pick a fight with Jeb, Jeb needs to embrace it and hit back.