Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Tuesday criticized rival Donald Trump for making crude remarks about Hillary Clinton that he said would allow her to play the “victim.”
Trump, the GOP frontrunner, made off-color comments about his Democratic counterpart on Monday, including saying that she got “schlonged” by President Barack Obama in the 2008 election.
Politico reported that Bush criticized Trump while talking to reporters during a town hall event in New Hampshire, saying “there has to be a level of decorum to win.”
He then argued Trump’s remarks would only give Clinton a boost.
“She’s great at being the victim,” Bush was quoted as saying. “This will enhance her victimology status. This is what she loves doing. Trump is not going to be President because he says these things, it turns people off. For crying out loud, we’re two days before Christmas. Lighten up, man.”
When reporters asked Bush to clarify, he said that Clinton “will use this in a way that won’t be helpful to our cause.”
Clinton’s campaign has chosen to not respond to Trump’s comment beyond this tweet from her communications director:
We are not responding to Trump but everyone who understands the humiliation this degrading language inflicts on all women should. #imwithher
— Jennifer Palmieri (@jmpalmieri) December 22, 2015