Jeb Bush swung hard at Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTime for GOP panic? Russian defense chief: US missile strike on Syria threatened Russian troops Ivanka Trump creating fund to support female entrepreneurs: report MORE Monday morning, attacking the New Hampshire front-runner’s mockery of Sen. John McCainJohn McCainGraham: There are 'no good choices left' with North Korea Graham: North Korea shouldn't underestimate Trump Give Trump the silent treatment MORE (R-Ariz.) and his tenure as a prisoner of war.
.@realDonaldTrump, you aren’t just a loser, you are a liar and a whiner. John McCain is a hero. Over and out.— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) February 8, 2016
Jeb Bush is desperate - strongly in favor of #CommonCore and very weak on illegal immigration.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2016
Everybody is laughing at Jeb Bush-spent $100 million and is at bottom of pack. A pathetic figure!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2016
Bush’s harsh words for the outspoken billionaire come one day before Tuesday’s early voting primary in New Hampshire.
Trump leads the Republican field by 17 points there, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls. Bush ranks fourth in the Granite State, trailing second-place contender Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioWhat’s with Trump’s spelling mistakes? Boeing must be stopped from doing business with Iran Top Trump officials push border wall as government shutdown looms MORE (R-Fla.) by about 5 percentage points.
Trump inspired outrage last year by ridiculing McCain’s military service during the Vietnam War at the 2015 Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa.
“He was a war hero because he was captured,” Trump sarcastically told host Frank Luntz during the event on July 18, 2015. "I like people who weren’t captured.”
Trump additionally panned McCain’s unsuccessful GOP presidential campaign during the 2008 election cycle.
“He lost and he let us down,” he said, adding that he spent $1 million on the senator’s failed Oval Office bid. "I’ve never liked him as much after that. I don’t like losers.”
McCain earned Trump’s ire by calling the business mogul’s supports the “crazies” of the right-wind movement last summer. Trump’s counterpunch inspired widespread condemnation given McCain spent six years as prisoner of war during the Vietnam conflict.