Watch Jeb Bush Forced to Confront the Truth About His Brother and 9/11 on National TV
Over the past few days, a war of words has erupted between GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump and Jeb Bush over the 9/11 attacks. Bush was outraged over Trump's assertion that since his brother George W. Bush was president on 9/11, he bears responsibility for failing to stop the attacks.
Yesterday, CNN's Jake Tapper stumped Bush with a simple question: If George Bush can't be held accountable for 9/11, why can former Secretary Clinton be held accountable for the Benghazi attacks? “Well I — the question on Benghazi which, is hopefully we’ll now finally get the truth to, is was the place secure? They had a responsibility, the Department of State, to have proper security. There were calls for security, it looks like they didn’t get it,” Bush responded. “And how was the response in the aftermath of the attack, was there a chance that these four American lives could have been saved? That’s what the investigation is about; it’s not a political issue. It’s not about the broad policy issue, is were we doing the job of protecting our embassies and our consulates and during the period, those hours after the attack started, could they have been saved?”
Jeb Bush failed to explain why George Bush should only be held accountable for the aftermath of the attack rather than the attack itself, and why the same standard doesn't apply to Secretary Clinton.
Recall that George W. Bush was warned about 9/11 prior to the attacks, a security failure Jeb is quick to forget. This is an argument that strikes right at the heart of the Bush legacy.
“Jeb said 'we were safe with my brother, we were safe,'" Trump said recently. "Well, the World Trade Center just fell down. Now, am I trying to blame him? I'm not blaming anybody. But the World Trade Center came down, so when he said we were safe, that's not safe."
Watch the exchange: