Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said in an interview broadcast Sunday that fellow Republican presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls for Republicans to be 'united' on abortion Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution Facebook temporarily suspended conservative commentator Candace Owens MORE’s popularity can be attributed to Americans’ anxiety, adding that the GOP front-runner does not “have the skills to bring people together.”


“Well, there's a lot of anxiety,” Bush said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “People are so angry with Washington and so frustrated about their own lives. I saw-- a survey that 63% of people can't afford a car repair of 500 bucks. And more than half of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings. And the big guy comes in and-- and offers the moon and the stars, and-- people are-- are latched onto that.”

Bush said, however, that Trump is not offering anything “to lift people up.”

“I think the cumulative effect of pointing that out-- respectfully, look-- the guy's entertaining, for sure. But his ideas aren't gonna help people. And he doesn't have the skills to bring people together.”

Bush also noted that the GOP front-runner has “no proven leadership skills in the public domain.”

“So my path is to say I do,” he said. “I've got a proven record. I don't run away from the fire. I don't blame other people. I don't disparage people. I try to unite around a common purpose. I got to do that as governor. And the ideas that I'm laying out would help America. And that's-- that's my path.”

Bush also dodged a question about whether he’d support Trump if the billionaire wins the Republican nomination.

“I'm gonna win this nomination,” he said. “That's my focus. That's what I'm trying to do. But anybody'd be better than Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.”

“You’re in on Trump, if it’s him?” host Chuck Todd pressed.

“He's not gonna win the nomination,” Bush responded. “And I am … I'm gonna continue to be critical of him when he doesn't advocate conservative principles. He's running for the conservative party's nomination. He should be a conservative, and he hasn't shown it.”

Trump currently leads the crowded GOP presidential field with 34.5 percent support, according to a RealClearPolitics average of national polls, compared to Bush’s 4.8 percent.