Tuesday 21 November 2017

Trump lands potential knock-out blow on Bush in Republican debate

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a news conference at the Hanahan Town Hall in Hanahan, South Carolina. Photo: Reuters
US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a news conference at the Hanahan Town Hall in Hanahan, South Carolina. Photo: Reuters
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, meets 3-month-old Oliver Lomas, of Venice, Calif., who was dressed as Sanders during a rally at Bonanza High School.

Niall O’Dowd

Donald Trump threw some Mike Tyson-calibre haymakers in the Republican debate in South Carolina and may have wound up finishing off the Bush dynasty.

A gaffe in American politics is when a candidate tells the truth and everyone acts mortified.

Trump certainly did that, laying the fault of the Iraq war squarely where it belonged, on George W Bush, and saying, contrary to Republican gospel, that W did not keep America safe, as 9/11 happened on his watch. His unvarnished truths gave all the other candidates and the Republican establishment a real dose of the backdoor trots, as South Carolinians sometimes call diarrhoea.

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