Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is making a rare defense of rival Republican candidate Donald Trump, rejecting Hillary Clinton’s claim that the billionaire businessman hasbecome a recruiting tool for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
“Hillary Clinton suggesting that Donald Trump is being used in an ISIS recruiting video, man, talk about chutzpah,” Bush said Monday on Bill Bennett’s radio show, as highlighted by BuzzFeed News. “There’s no evidence of that. There’s no evidence of that at all.”
The defense is unusual coming from Bush, who has been harshly critical of Trump during the Republican presidential race, calling him the “chaos candidate” and saying he can’t “insult his way to the presidency.”
Still, even as he backed Trump in the fight against Clinton, Bush emphasized that he doesn’t support Trump’s proposal to temporarily ban most Muslims from entering the United States.
“This is how they play the game on the left,” Bush said. “They’re always blaming somebody. This case, I think, while I don’t agree with Trump’s idea, I don’t he has anything to do with being part of a recruiting video.”
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