Despite taking a beating last weekend after attempting to absolve former president George W. Bush for the 9/11 terrorist attacks while blaming Hillary Clinton for Benghazi, Jeb Bush was back at it again Thursday night peddling the same line to a skeptical Megyn Kelly.
Appearing on The Kelly Files following the conclusion of Clinton’s appearance before the GOP-led Benghazi committee, Bush claimed that “massive investigations” of the 9/11 attack cleared his brother while Clinton did not have a “great day” before the committee.
Kelly led off by posing the question: “If it is fair to question Mrs. Clinton for failures leading up to September 11, 2012, why is Governor Bush arguing it is not fair to question his brother for failures leading up to September 11, 2001?” before asking Bush, “Is it a double standard?”
“Not at all because if someone had evidence that there was a pending attack, there was — a lot of investigations after 9/11, if there was evidence that there was an attack that was pending and no one acted, of course there would have been criticism, but that’s not the case, ” the Florida Republican replied.
Kelly replied by invoking one of her biggest critics: GOP presidential front runner Donald Trump.
“You know they’re arguing that there was. Trump argues George Tenet, offered a warning that the attack,” Kelly reminded Bush. “Bush immediately bristled at the name of Trump, saying, “Trump doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Trump doesn’t know what he is talking about! He doesn’t know anything about this. And he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”
“There were massive investigations of this — there were hearings. And where we — did we let our safeguards down? Sure, we did. I mean under the Clinton administration, it was the law enforcement operation,” he continued. “But in the case of Benghazi, there were clear signs that the consulate was at risk. It had already been attacked. It was 9/11, there wasn’t the security. And I think the investigation — the testimony today bears that out.
A terse Kelly cut Bush off by asking what he thought of Clinton’s recently completed testimony before the Benghazi committee.
“She’s not accepting responsibility,” Bush replied. “Two weeks ago in the debate, she said that Libya was a great example of smart power. Well, I think it’s in total chaos now. And leading from behind was not the best way to deal with this problem and the security problems that exist, created a tragedy for American lives lost. And so, this was not a great day for Clinton’s State Department.”
Asked later how he hoped to make up the gap between himself and the other GOP candidates leading in the polls as he falls farther behind, Bush cited front runners in previous primaries who stumbled and fell out of contention as Kelly smirked.
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