Taking questions from voters at a Veterans of Foreign Wars facility here, Bush pledged not to get personal but vowed to throw counterpunches if Trump goes for the jugular: his family.

“I’m going to push back when he says things that are ugly, that I think will damage our brand, damage our ability to be successful,” the former Florida governor said. “I’m sure as hell — when he attacks me personally or disparages my family — you’re damn right I’m going to fight back.”…

Bush said that perhaps what was more offensive “was the notion that somehow I went down to the border and spoke Mexican.”

“Those are dog whistle terms,” Bush continued. “He knows what he’s doing.”