WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) – Donald Trump appears to have deleted a Twitter post that attacked Jeb Bush’s wife.
On July 4, he quoted another users tweet which claimed Bush likes “Mexican illegals.”
The retweet stayed on Trump’s Twitter page for about 24 hours before it was taken down, according to The Wrap.
The Republican presidential candidate has been much criticized for suggesting illegal immigrants have been crossing from Mexico and repeatedly raping women and committing other crimes.
Univision and NBC have both canceled business partnerships with Trump.
While the retweet was deleted, Trump kept up his immigration attacks against Jeb Bush.
Jeb Bush’s wife, Columba, was born in Mexico. The couple met in 1970 when Bush was teaching English as a second language near the Mexican city of León. They married in Texas in 1974.
Bush says he is personally offended by Trump’s remarks.
“I don’t think he represents the Republican Party, and his views are way out of the mainstream of what Republicans think,” Bush told reporters after marching in Fourth of July parades in Amherst and Merrimack, New Hampshire.
“No one suggests that we shouldn’t control our borders – everybody has a belief that we should control our borders,” he said. “But to make these extraordinarily ugly kind of comments is not reflective of the Republican Party. Trump is wrong on this.”
Bush’s wife was born in Mexico, and when he was asked if he took Trump’s remarks personally, he responded: “Yeah, of course. Absolutely. And a lot of other people as well.”
When Trump announced his presidential bid last month, he criticized Mexico and immigrants who come to the U.S. illegally. “They’re bringing drugs,” he said. “They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”
In spite of earlier criticism from Bush and other Republicans and companies moving to cut business ties to Trump, the real estate mogul has defended his remarks.
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