Jeb Bush: Trump supporters not 'a bunch of idiots’
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Jeb Bush said on Saturday that he understands why voters are backing presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign: Trump and former vice president will have phone call about coronavirus Esper: Military personnel could help treat coronavirus patients 'if push comes to shove' Schumer calls for military official to act as medical equipment czar MORE, but he was critical of the way Trump is “preying on people's angst rather than offering tangible solutions.”


Speaking at an event in Amsterdam hosted by the Nexus Institute, the former presidential candidate discussed the rise of Trump and of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden campaign: Trump and former vice president will have phone call about coronavirus Judge slams Wisconsin governor, lawmakers for not delaying election amid coronavirus outbreak The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden offers to talk coronavirus response with Trump MORE.

"What I fear is that people, kind of looking down their nose, will say the people that are supporting Donald Trump are a bunch of idiots. They're not. They're legitimately scared. They're fearful. They're not as optimistic for legitimate reasons, and there should be respect for that," the former Florida governor said, according to CNN. "And on the other side, a similar respect needs to be shown.”

Bush, who previously endorsed Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFlorida sheriff asks for new leads in disappearance of Carole Baskin's former husband after Netflix's 'Tiger King' drops Ted Cruz jokes about quarantine boredom, 'Tiger King' Trump faces mounting pressure to unleash Defense Production Act MORE (R-Texas) for president, was not as critical of Trump as he has been in the past but is still unlikely to back the presumptive GOP nominee. 

Bush added that Trump has "been phenomenally good at using the new way of communicating” to stay at the front of news cycles. 

"He can literally wake up — I have this vision of him in, you know, silk pajamas, with his little slippers on with a 'T' on his emblem. He wakes up and he sends out a tweet ripping, you know, someone a new one," Bush said.

"He's the first guy that's ever been allowed to call into everything but 'Meet the Press.' I think they even relented. So he has been a master at how you get into the media, the new media, the diverse media that exists today in a way that had never been done before."