Trump excoriated Bush for saying “I’m not sure we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues” at a speech in Tennessee last week. Bush later said he misspoke, and he was only questioning the federal funding that goes to Planned Parenthood.
“This is worse than what Romney did when he blew 47 percent of the vote with his ridiculous statements,” Trump said, referencing a secret recording from the 2012 election that captured GOP nominee Mitt Romney telling donors that the 47 percent of voters who don’t pay income taxes considered themselves victims and felt entitled to government handouts.
“I’m exactly the opposite. I will be phenomenal to the women. I want to help women. What Jeb Bush said last week I thought was totally out of order. Then he came back a day later and he said ‘oh I misspoke’ — well that’s an awfully bad thing to misspeak about. I just don’t think you misspeak that way. So I thought what he did was terrible,” Trump said. He added that he believes Bush has a “huge problem” now.
“I couldn’t believe he even said it. Now he corrected himself a day later, but I don’t think that’s acceptable,” he said.