Donald Trump Offers Jeb Bush Some Kind Words On 'Jimmy Kimmel' (For Once)
Despite a canceled appearance in October, which led to a visibly frustrated Jimmy Kimmel having to deliver the news to his studio audience, GOP front-runner Donald Trump stayed true to his commitment to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday night. The appearance hammered home a kinder campaign strategy The Donald had previously highlighted during the debate the night before. Trump was almost nice about Jeb Bush when asked what he thinks of the candidate he's taken the most jabs at. Almost.
Kimmel listed all the candidates whom Trump praised by saying they were either nice or had a good temperament, including Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, and Bush. Trump and Bush butted heads frequently during Tuesday's GOP debate, and even after the event. In an appearance on CNN Wednesday morning, Bush continued to reiterate that he doesn't think Trump is a serious candidate. The real estate mogul, for his part, had some choice words when it came to how he sees Bush's candidacy. Speaking with Kimmel, Trump had this to say:
He's [Jeb] never been a happy warrior and he's had a hard time running. He was supposed to be, because of the name, everybody thought he was the odds on favor and I defined him. I gave him this term "low energy." He was a low energy individual and we do not need that. The country does not ... Honestly, I think Jeb is a nice person and I don't know if he's having fun.
The beginning of the interview focused on Trump's thoughts on the debate and his fellow candidates. When asked if he thought Cruz was scared, Trump simply said that the Texas senator is more careful than anything. He did, however, mention that Bush seemed scared. Kimmel later brought up Bush's enthusiastic response to the question, "Would you kill baby Hitler?" The premise of the question is incredibly bizarre, yet the real estate mogul took it seriously, stating that he thought that Bush was "too nice" and would thus not be able to kill baby Hitler. Trump refused to offer a comment on the question when it was posed to him directly, however.
This slightly nicer (though still completely in-character) version of The Donald is supposedly a tactic to help bring the GOP together. Trump actively encouraged lower-polling candidates like Lindsey Graham to drop out of the election altogether, mocking the undercard debates created to accommodate the overcrowded Republican presidential field. He explicitly stressed unity within his own party, and if that means calling Bush a "nice person," then Trump is more than willing to play nice as well.
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