NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Monday, November 30, 2015, 1:43 PM
Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush fumbled around questions earlier in the year about his brother’s decision to invade Iraq.
Following a string of clumsy responses earlier this year to questions about his brother’s decision to invade Iraq, Jeb Bush received a call from George W. Bush in which the former president told him to “stop it with this s—,” a new book about the 2016 race alleges.
Jeb Bush, in the days leading up to his June 2016 campaign launch, still hadn’t figured out how to best paint his relationship with his former-president brother and struggled repeatedly to offer a clear assessment on the War in Iraq, the book, titled “The Wilderness: Deep Inside the Republican Party’s Combative, Contentious, Chaotic Quest to Take Back the White House,” claims.
In “The Wilderness” by McKay Coppins, the author claims that George W. Bush was a little put off by how his younger brother was handling questions about the Iraq War.
“As the day of his campaign kickoff pep rally approached, Jeb Bush was a man sorely lacking in pep,” McKay Coppins, a senior political writer at Buzzfeed and the book’s author, wrote, according to excerpts obtained by Politico. “He was … growing increasingly resentful of the political reporters who kept trying to bait him into bashing his brother.”
“Over four grueling days, he ducked and dodged and dithered on the Iraq question, fumbling through five different non-answers until finally Dubya called up Jeb and told him to knock it off,” Coppins wrote in the book, which goes on sale Tuesday.
“Stop it with this s—,” Bush’s older brother told Jeb, according to the excerpt. “Say whatever you have to say,” he added.
In May, one month before his campaign kickoff, Jeb Bush landed in hot water when he was asked on Fox News whether, if, knowing what he knows now, he would have invaded Iraq.
“I would have, and so would have Hillary Clinton, just to remind everybody. And so would almost everybody that was confronted with the intelligence they got,” he said then.
He then offered several different answers in other interviews, before claiming that the questions did a “disservice” to the troops who died in the war.
According to “The Wildnerness,” George W. Bush called up his brother after his interview mishaps and told him to “stop it with this s—.”
“If we’re going to get back to hypotheticals, it does a disservice for a lot of people who sacrificed a lot,” Bush said at an event in Reno, Nevada, in May, seeking to put an end to a recent controversy about whether he agreed with the invasion.
In the months since, Bush has still struggled to define his stance on the Iraq War, but has offered an increasingly hardline military view when it comes to ISIS’ presence in Syria and Iraq currently.
Bush, in the weeks since the horrific Paris attacks, has called on the U.S. to declare war against ISIS and put troops on the ground in Syria.