Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is getting hit from both the right and left in the press after he attacked his rival Jeb Bush by suggesting that his brother didn't do enough to prevent the 9/11 terror attacks.
Over the weekend, Trump responded to Jeb, who has defended former president George W. Bush as having "kept us safe" after 9/11. "When you talk about George Bush, I mean, say what you want, the World Trade Center came down during his time," Trump said Friday.
He reiterated some variation of that in the following days. Trump also said he believed that had he been president at the time, his immigration policies would have prevented the attack.
On Twitter, Jeb defended his brother. "How pathetic for Donald Trump to criticize the president for 9/11," he wrote. "We were attacked & my brother kept us safe." Several in the media have taken Jeb's side.
"It is grotesquely wrong to suggest that George W. Bush is in any way to blame for the 9/11 attacks," wrote liberal Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson. "That odious distinction belongs to Osama bin Laden, Khalid Sheik Mohammed and the 19 evil young men, most of them Saudi nationals, who hijacked airplanes, turned them into missiles and killed 3,000 Americans."