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Donald Trump's sons tweet at Jeb Bush after comments made during Yale University talk

Donald Trump's sons tweet at Jeb Bush after comments made during Yale University talk
A comment that former Florida governor Jeb Bush made at a Yale University talk Tuesday about the 2016 South Carolina Republican primary sparked stories suggesting that Bush insinuated that Donald Trump didn't love his children. (Andrew Harnik / AP)

It’s not entirely clear what Jeb Bush intended when he said that after he was crushed by Donald Trump in the 2016 South Carolina Republican primary, he returned home to children “who actually love me.” He made the comment during a speech at Yale University on Tuesday.

The Yale Daily News, which reported the comment, originally said it was meant as a jab at President Trump — and by implication Trump’s children. The Yale paper later corrected its story to say that while “Bush did not directly refer to Trump,” most of the audience took it that way.

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By then it was too late.

Some news stories that circulated on social media suggested Bush was insinuating that Trump’s children didn’t love their father. The result were headlines such as The Cut’s “Jeb Bush Delivers Totally Sick Burn to Donald Trump,” and Raw Story’s “Jeb Bush rips Trump with brutal one-liner: At least I have kids ‘who actually love me’.”

By Wednesday night, some of Trump’s children decided to set the record straight: They do, indeed, love their father.

“I actually love my father very much. #PleaseClap,” Eric Trump tweeted.

#PleaseClap referred to Bush’s famous February 2016 speech in New Hampshire, when the crowd was so silent that he said, “Please clap.”

A number of other supporters of President Trump and conservative commentators slammed Bush on Twitter for seemingly mocking the president.

“Attacking a man by saying his kids don’t love him is such a cowardly and despicable move by Low Energy Jeb Bush,” one conservative account tweeted.

In Tuesday’s speech, titled “A Conversation with Jeb Bush: Restoring Conservatism in America,” Bush said he was “not going to talk about the 2016 election.”

“I’m still in therapy,” he said, according to the Yale Daily News.

Donald Trump Jr. escalated the feud with a tweet late Wednesday night: “Jeb! I love everything about my father. I love that he’s a fighter, I love that he has guts, I love that he’s President (all those things you’re not) Also love that he learned enough about politics in a few weeks to dismantle you piece by piece despite it being your life’s work”

A number of other supporters of President Trump and conservative commentators slammed Bush on Twitter for seemingly mocking the president.

“Attacking a man by saying his kids don’t love him is such a cowardly and despicable move by Low Energy Jeb Bush,” one conservative account tweeted.

In Tuesday’s speech, titled “A Conversation with Jeb Bush: Restoring Conservatism in America,” Bush said he was “not going to talk about the 2016 election.”

“I’m still in therapy,” he said, according to the Yale Daily News.

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“Yes, I think we need a special counsel and I don’t [think] the president should tweet,” Bush responded to a chuckling audience.

“When he tweets he also gives our enemies all sorts of nuances and insights. These things matter. We are living in a dangerous world. He is the leader of the free world,” he said. “There are lots of reasons that you don’t want to send out signals to our adversaries.”

“His tweets countermand the efforts of a lot of people that are trying to keep up with him,” he added at the time.

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