In case you haven’t heard, Donald Trump and Jeb Bush have been caught up in a fairly heated back and forth over remarks the GOP presidential frontrunner made concerning 9/11 and the role George W. Bush played as president. This all stems from when Jeb stated during the second GOP debate that his brother “kept us safe.” Well, this then prompted Trump to send out a message on Twitter pointing out that his brother was president during the 9/11 attack – a clear insinuation that we weren’t exactly “safe” the entire time Jeb’s brother was in office.
Well, Trevor Noah took aim at the back and forth last night on The Daily Show.
“I’m sorry to say this,” Noah said, mockingly struggling to say Trump was right. “But strictly, within the factual confines of that sentence, Donald Trump is – Donald Trump is … he’s not wrong.”
And he’s not.
While I’m not someone who blames Bush for the 9/11 attack, it is a bit ridiculous for Jeb to claim his brother “kept us safe” after we experienced a horrific attack that killed nearly 3,000 people on his watch – and keep in mind, his administration had intelligence about the attack beforehand which they failed to properly act on.
After playing a clip of Jeb Bush struggling to answer several questions from CNN’s Jack Tapper concerning his hypocrisy, The Daily Show host took Jeb to task.
“That doesn’t really make sense, though,” Noah said. “‘We were attacked,’ and ‘my brother kept us safe’? Do you know how that sounds? It’s not really correct. It’s like saying, ‘I’m blackout drunk, and totally cool to drive.’ ‘I lost your children, and this field trip was a success.’ It’s one or the other. It can’t be both.”
And that’s really what has never made sense about this whole “he kept us safe” line Jeb has been using. It’s as if he just wants to pretend that his brother’s presidency didn’t start until 9/12/2001. I can guarantee you that had 9/11 happened nine months after President Obama took office, Republicans like Jeb sure as hell wouldn’t be defending him. In fact, I have no doubt that they would put the blame completely on his shoulders. Heck, just look at how ridiculous they’ve acted over Benghazi. Could you imagine a 9/11-type attack during Obama’s presidency? Republicans would have lost their minds and almost certainly tried to impeach him.
Noah ended the segment by delivering what might be his best ending monologue of his short career as host of The Daily Show. He clearly mocked George W. Bush’s eagerness to start the Iraq War while discussing Jeb’s rush to defend his brother.
“What’s happened here is very simple: Jeb’s family was attacked, and he responded quickly and decisively. But then he found that the situation was more complicated than expected, landing him in a quagmire of hard questions,” Noah stated. “If he pulls out of the decision, he leaves his name vulnerable to more attacks. But if he stays the course, he winds up destabilizing the party’s position on Iraq and Benghazi. I’m just saying, it’s an unwinnable situation. So maybe he shouldn’t have jumped in so quickly in the first place.”
Watch the segment below via Comedy Central:
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