New polls from NBC News and Marist out from New Hampshire and Iowa show that Donald Trump is winning a fight with yet another career politician that had high aspirations – former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Bush’s position in the first in the nation caucus state of Iowa has deteriorated significantly at a meager 6% in a poll with a margin of error of 5.5%, meaning, he’s slipping further into the lower tiers of candidates.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump is at 29% in Iowa while Dr. Ben Carson is at 22%. The two combined earn 51% of the GOP primary electorate in Iowa.
Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO, who has never held political office is currently at 5%.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) who held office for two years in the U.S. Senate is at 4%, and a strong majority of 60% of Iowa Republicans support a political outsider and not another Bush.
These new polling results come in the midst of a renewed war of words between Trump and Bush over the past couple weeks.
Since the beginning of the race, Trump has aggressively criticized the former governor as weak, lacking leadership skills and part of the same old tired political class that’s led America down a horrendous path it’s currently on.
Matthew Boyle, Breitbart reported:
Bush initially tried to challenge Trump at the beginning of the race as having been too tough on illegal immigrants—along with a whole host of other politicians and cultural figures who pushed back on Trump’s announcement speech—but Trump not only survived through that firestorm he came out of it in a much stronger position. So, as other candidates attempted to attack Trump over the past couple months after that, Bush has remained relatively quiet about the front-running billionaire. Trump, meanwhile, has systematically destructed once-promising GOP candidates one at a time as they’ve come knocking at his door. One by one, Trump has essentially ended chances at the GOP nomination for former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and deflated candidacies of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).
Bush largely stayed out of the battles with Trump since that first bout until this past week, when Trump released a video attacking him for calling illegal immigration an “act of love.”
A Willie Horton-esque type ad—published via video on Instagram—Trump’s team overlaid Bush’s comments praising illegal immigration as some sort of “act of love” with images of convicted criminal illegal aliens, including murderers who wouldn’t have been able to kill the Americans they killed had the nation enforced its immigration laws.
Bush lost it, using a press conference in Miami to rip Trump in the foreign language of Spanish—rather than American English—in which he accused Trump of inaccurately attacking him daily since the businessman announced his campaign in July. Pressed later for specifics of even just one example of Trump saying something about Bush that was “not true,” as Bush alleged in Spanish in that presser, Bush’s campaign team including campaign manager Danny Diaz couldn’t find any.
These polls were conducted Aug. 26 through Sept. 2, which means that they were conducted in the middle of the Bush-Trump feud—and signal that Bush’s actions have basically backfired. On the final day the pollsters were in the field, Sept. 2, Trump fired back at Bush for using a foreign language on the campaign trail instead of speaking English—proficiency in which is required by law of immigrants seeking citizenship, so there’s really hardly anyone Bush could be talking to who doesn’t speak English who could vote for him—in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News.
“I like Jeb,” Trump said. “He’s a nice man. But he should really set the example by speaking English while in the United States.”
When asked later to clarify who Bush was speaking to in foreign tongue, his spokesman Tim Miller told Breitbart News cited a Gallup statistic set to note that 23 percent “of English speaking conservatives in America also speak a 2nd language, predominately Spanish.” That Gallup data was published back on April 6, 2001—more than a decade ago—and Miller wouldn’t answer a follow-up question when asked why Bush doesn’t just speak in English to all Americans, conservative or liberal, since Bush’s campaign is now claiming he was targeting bilingual Americans rather than people who only speak Spanish.
“Well, in the instance you are referring to, he was at La Progressiva school which teaches kids to speak English and Spanish, it is a pretty cool place, the kids spoke to him in both languages,” Miller said instead of answering why Bush didn’t just speak English to speak to everyone.
Miller also has thus far refused to make the governor available for an interview on this topic, a sign that he may be afraid to continue to defend his decision to use a foreign language on the campaign trail despite having initially defended himself from Trump’s attack.
Trump hasn’t won the war yet, but this initial polling indicates he’s much closer than most of the beltway establishment egging Bush on to fight with him thinks he is. It remains to be seen what happens next but if this trend continues, Trump may just succeed in crushing the biggest elephant in the establishment room: Bush. If that happens, this race could turn into a contest between all sorts of political outsiders as the establishment in Washington continues failing to understand what Trump called “the Summer of Trump” a few weeks ago—a summer that’s turning quickly into fall as well.