Jeb Bush, former GOP presidential candidate, took to Twitter to propose that Trump’s campaign may all just be one big conspiracy.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) December 8, 2015
This is definitely not the first time Trump’s relationship with the Clintons has been used as a talking point by rival candidates. CNN reported in December that Trump’s GOP rivals were already discussing his history with the Clintons and his former support of Hillary.
“The Republican presidential front-runner has a long history of positive comments about Democrats — he was one himself earlier in his life, he’s said — and Clinton specifically.
He’s donated to Democrats. The Clintons attended Trump’s wedding. Their daughters — Chelsea Clinton and Ivanka Trump — are friends.
‘I just like her,” Trump said before. ‘I like her and I like her husband.’
Some GOP presidential candidates are now calling Trump — who’s created a firestorm by proposing to ban Muslims from entering the United States — a gift to Clinton.”
Rival candidates, including the long-ago ousted Carly Fiorina, also pushed the idea that a Trump nomination would equal nothing more than a decisive Clinton victory.
Donald Trump is Hillary Clinton’s Christmas gift wrapped up under a tree. I am the lump of coal in her stocking.https://t.co/nT2HfkkiG5
— Carly Fiorina (@CarlyFiorina) December 8, 2015
Jeb has spoken out against Trump along these same lines in the past. When Trump threatened once again to run as an independent if he doesn’t win the nomination, Bush insisted that this would only hand the election to Hillary.
“Trump revived talk Tuesday of an independent run when he highlighted on Twitter a USA Today/Suffolk University poll that shows 68% of his supporters would back him, rather than the GOP nominee. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush responded by saying Trump would only be helping Clinton by splitting the conservative vote.”
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) January 20, 2016
Bush has now posed the theory, though, that maybe this was Trump’s intention all along, which the GOP has feared for some time.
“Trump had previously supported Clinton’s presidential candidacy and supported her during her time as a New York senator. Trump interviewed with Fox and Friends on July 15, 2015 where he admitted to past contributions to Clinton’s campaign, ‘I’m a businessman, I contribute to everybody … That’s part of the problem with the system,’ Trump said nearly six months ago. He defended his contribution and downplayed it after suspicions from the GOP of a liberal mole.”
Trump’s ever-changing positions on every issue in the GOP playbook from abortion to gun control to health care has not helped alleviate these fears, either. Attack ads by rival candidates and opposing groups point out Trump’s history of flip-flopping on the issues most dear to GOP voters, but it is his former support of and contributions to the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Clinton Foundation that may finally be his undoing, particularly if he enters into the general election with Hillary as his rival. The GOP, after all, loves a conspiracy theory.