During the second Republican presidential debate, a number of statements failed so epically in ridiculousness and flat-out inaccuracy that any one of the candidates could have taken home the title for “Craziest.” But even among the slew of absurd lines on climate change, Donald Trump’s faulty understanding of vaccines and Carly Fiorina’s disgusting anti-abortion rant, former Florida governor Jeb Bush took the cake when he proudly declared his brother “kept us safe.”
When GOP frontrunner, Trump, mocked George W. Bush for damaging Republicans’ image, Bush spat back with the uncomfortable assertion that his brother kept Americans safe.
"As it relates to my brother, there's one thing I know for sure: He kept us safe," Bush said. "I don't know if you remember, Donald — you remember the rubble? You remember the firefighter with his arms around him? He sent a clear signal that the United States would be strong and fight Islamic terrorism, and he did keep us safe.”
To hone his point even further, Bush then tweeted this cringe-worthy graphic on Wednesday. But the image itself only confirms what little the Bush administration did to keep Americans safe.
He kept us safe. pic.twitter.com/Plq9Hm7caE— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) September 17, 2015
Liberal Twitter was quick to remind Bush that his defense was a woefully ignorant interpretation of his brother’s legacy:
Jeb Bush about George W. Bush: "He kept us safe." Under whose watch did 9/11 happen?— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) September 17, 2015
@JebBush thats a picture of him at a place he didn't keep safe pal— Bung Dan (@swarthyvillain) September 17, 2015
Declassified documents reveal the Bush administration intentionally ignored the warnings of a possible terrorist attack by Osama bin Laden from U.S. intelligence officials, negligently brushing them off as not a big deal. Despite all the alarm bells sounded, the administration failed to take any significant action in preventing an attack they were fully aware was coming.
@JebBush Except for that one time when he ignored warnings & 3000 people died, but you know, who's counting?— Barbara E Miller (@barbaraemiller) September 17, 2015
Furthermore, in the aftermath of the tragic event that rocked America, George W. launched a war on terrorism that killed more American lives than 9/11 did and as ThinkProgress points out that the "U.S. presence in Iraq actually worsened the threat of terrorism" according to a 2006 intelligence report.
The problem with Jeb Bush saying his brother "kept us safe" is that more Americans died in Iraq & Afghanistan than in 9/11.— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) September 17, 2015
Even going beyond 9/11, George W. didn’t seem to care too much about American lives in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, as the government’s inadequate and inefficient response to the disaster showed.
Jeb Bush must have forgotten about how George Bush kept over 1,000 people in New Orleans safe from Katrina #GOPDebate— Jake Plunkett (@JakePlunkett) September 17, 2015
As a good sibling should do, Bush keeps defending his brother’s actions but the sentiment is only backfiring for him and reminding Americans why another Bush shouldn’t be in office.