Jeb Bush slammed Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address MORE as a “master at manipulation” Tuesday, arguing the GOP presidential front-runner is an expert at misleading voters.

“The campaign is the campaign, [but] this one is a little different because of the new technologies and Donald Trump filling the space with vitriol, hatred and division,” he said of his GOP presidential primary rival on “CBS This Morning."


“I think he’s a master at manipulation,” Bush continued. "I find it amusing that he attacks me, I’m his primary target, and I’m doing so poor in the polls according to everybody, right?

“Why is that? Why is he going after me each and every day? It’s because he fears me. I’m the only candidate standing up to him.”

Bush then sharply rejected Trump’s criticism of his brother, former President George W. Bush, and the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

“What Trump’s talking about is conspiracy theories,” he said of the billionaire’s charge that President Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

“He is basically mirroring the words of Michael Moore,” Bush said, referencing the liberal filmmaker and vocal Iraq War critic.

“In a Republican primary, it’s kind of weird. It’s kind of weird in general. Everybody got the same intelligence and everybody concluded that [Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein] had weapons of mass destruction.”

Jeb Bush additionally urged voters to judge him on his own merits, rather than those of his family members.

“My brother is my brother. I love him dearly,” the former Florida governor said. "[But] relegating this campaign to my brother’s presidency is not what this campaign should be about.

“This campaign should be about the future and that’s what I talk about. I’m in this for the long haul. I’m excited by our progress."