- The Washington Times - Monday, July 24, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Jeb Bush, former Florida governor, former presidential hopeful and former loud critic of President Donald Trump, has stepped back into the political arena to call out his fellow Republicans as hypocrites — for not publicly condemning Trump.

Sigh. Why, why, why do these entrenched Republicans insist on picking public fights with their fellow GOPers?

It doesn’t endear them to anyone but their own dwindling bases. And we know their bases are dwindling because try as they might, their candidates — their Marco Rubios, their Mitt Romneys, their Jeb Bushes — just couldn’t win against Trump.

Yet six-plus months into Trump’s presidency, and they still can’t get behind their own Republican leader.

Bush, from the OZY Fest in New York City, called out those in his party who weren’t being vocal enough about the whole Russia-Trump collusion thing.

“If your opponent does things that you, your head explodes on, if Barack Obama did something as it’s related to Russia, you say ‘this is outrageous,’ all this stuff, then when your guy does the same thing, have the same passion to be critical,” Bush said, The Hill reported.

Come on now. Doesn’t the left and the media — not to be redundant — do enough damage against this White House without those of supposed Republican Party affiliation adding to the hatchets and hits?

Bush is why Trump won. He doesn’t get that. His ilk doesn’t get that. And that means Trump and his supporters don’t just have to battle the progressives, the leftists, the Democrats, the left-leaning media, the atheists and so forth. They also have to battle the Republican-In-Name-Onlys who’d rather side with the Democrats to win back power — who’d rather cast aside the will of the people for their own self-serving agendas.

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