Bush ‘personally offended’ by Trump’s ‘Mexican rapists’ comment

Jeb Bush

US presidential candidate Jeb Bush has said he is personally offended by rival Donald Trump’s remarks about Mexico and immigrants, describing them as “ugly” and far outside the mainstream of Republican thought.

“I don’t think he represents the Republican Party and his views are way out of the mainstream of what Republicans think,” Mr Bush told reporters after marching in July 4 parades in New Hampshire.

“No one suggests that we shouldn’t control our borders – everybody has a belief that we should control our borders.

“But to make these extraordinarily ugly kind of comments is not reflective of the Republican Party.

“Trump is wrong on this.”

Mr Bush’s wife was born in Mexico, and when he was asked if he took Mr Trump’s remarks personally, he said: “Yeah, of course. Absolutely. And a lot of other people as well.”

When property mogul and The Apprentice TV host Mr Trump announced his presidential bid last month, he criticised Mexico and immigrants who come to the US illegally, saying: “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”

In spite of earlier criticism from Mr Bush and other Republicans and companies moving to sever business ties with Mr Trump, he has defended his remarks.

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