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Trump Rips GOP Candidates for Taking Offense to Immigration Comments



Donald Trump announces he is running for president at Trump Tower on Tuesday June 16, 2015. (Photo: AP)

Billionaire real estate mogul and 2016 Republican candidate Donald Trump took to Twitter to rip former Govs. Rick Perry and Jeb Bush, who took issue with comments Trump made about illegal immigrants from Mexico during his announcement speech.

Perry, who launched a failed 2012 White House bid, took the media bait in an interview on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, unlike his fellow-Texan and presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz. During an interview with NBC, Cruz said he was not going to let the media get him “to engage in Republican-on-Republican violence.”

Not Perry.

“I’ve said very clearly that Donald Trump does not represent the Republican Party. I was offended by his remarks,” Perry said in an interview with “This Week” Sunday. “And to paint with that broad a brush, that Donald Trump did — I mean he’s going to have to defend those remarks. I never will. And I will stand up and say that those are offensive, which they were.”

While most pundits and analysts focus on the former Texas governor’s debate hiccup — by hiccup, we mean forgetting the fourth government agency he would cut — his slide actually began with debate comments on immigration. Perry suggested that Republicans who do not support in-state tuition assistance for illegal aliens “don’t have a heart.”

Bush, too, chose to address Trump’s comments during a campaign stop in New Hampshire over the weekend, stating he was “personally offended” by The Donald.

Trump, who was characterized as not serious by self-described conservative commentators George Will and Charles Krauthammer, has been surging in the polls. According to the PPD average, Mr. Trump is now in second place in Iowa and New Hampshire, and about to move into second in nationwide nomination polls.

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