Two lines buried at the end of a New York Times article about the Jeb Bush campaign show the toll taken on Bush by the strange candidacy of Donald Trump.
On Saturday, after remaining with the congregation for a singing of the hymn “Adon Olam,” set to the tune of “God Bless America,” Mr. Bush walked out of the synagogue toward his waiting sport utility vehicle. He was asked by a reporter if he was frustrated with Mr. Trump. Mr. Bush shot back, “I don’t think I mentioned his name.”
But he did not leave it there. After climbing into the passenger seat and closing the door, Mr. Bush lowered the window and, as the vehicle edged out of the parking lot, three more times demanded: “Did I mention his name?”
The article itself deals at length with Bush’s frustration at having to cope with Trump’s campaign, which frequently means enduring intense personal ridicule. Trump has mocked Bush for speaking Spanish too frequently and has now labeled Bush as 2016’s “low-energy” candidate.
Bush seems particularly incensed by the “low-energy” quip, replying that he flies to a new city almost every day and recently woke up at 6 a.m. to run with former Navy SEALs.
“The ‘low energy’ candidate this week has only been six days, 16 hours a day campaigning with joy in my heart,” Bush said, according to the Times.
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