In a New Hampshire campaign event on Wednesday evening, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush responded to some incendiary remarks from real estate mogul Donald Trump about his wife. Trump on Monday retweeted -- and later deleted -- a tweet that said Bush’s wife, who is Mexican, meant he “has to like the Mexican illegals.”
Bush seemed to shrug the remarks off when asked Wednesday, according to the Washington Post. “You can love the Mexican culture, you can love your Mexican-American wife and also believe that we need to control the border," he said when asked about Trump’s remarks. "This is bizarre kind of idea that somehow you can have an affection for people in a different country and not think the rule of law should apply. This is ludicrous."
Bush then reiterated his border security and immigration plan, the Post reported. He wants to put border patrol agents closer to the border, deploy advanced technologies to find people crossing illegally and fix the E-Verify system to be more reliable. He also supports a pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants in the country, of which there are an estimated 11 million, but not one to citizenship.
Trump recently outlined his views as well. After a seemingly random shooting by an undocumented immigrant in San Francisco that left a 32-year-old woman dead, Trump released a statement saying he was the only candidate in the field that could fix the immigration problem and that he wanted to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall.
Wednesday's remarks from Bush weren't the first time he'd talked about Trump's immigration stance. Over the weekend, he called Trump's views "ugly" and said that he took them personally.
Trump has been making quite a bit of news for remarks related to undocumented immigrants. In his June campaign announcement, Trump made a blanket statement calling Mexicans “rapists” and drug dealers. The ensuing storm has resulted in highly public abandonment of Trump that has cost him millions. Macy’s dropped his clothing line from their store, Univision and NBC announced they would no longer broadcast his Miss USA beauty pageant and pop singer Ricky Martin announced he would no longer hold a charity event of his at a Trump-owned golf course.Trump is reportedly suing Univision for half a billion dollars.