Chad’s Morning Brief: Donald Trump and Jeb Bush Are Fighting Again and Texas Private Schools Saying No to Campus Carry
Here are just a couple of the things we will discuss today on The Chad Hasty Show.
Trump vs. Bush
Over the weekend the feud between Donald Trump and Jeb Bush escalated after Trump placed part of the blame of 9/11 on former President George W. Bush accord to POLITICO.
The feud between Donald Trump and Jeb Bush over the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks escalated on Sunday as Trump argued that his hard-line stance on immigration would have prevented the attacks while Bush defended his brother's handling of them.
In an interview on "Fox News Sunday," host Chris Wallace asked Trump what he would have done differently in response to an earlier suggestion that then-President George W. Bush was partially at fault for the attacks. And Trump insisted he is not blaming the former president for them.
"Jeb [Bush] said 'We were safe with my brother. We were safe.' Well, the World Trade Center just went down. Now, am I trying to blame him? I'm not blaming anybody, but the World Trade Center came down, so when he said we were safe, we were not safe. We lost 3,000 people. It was one of the greatest — probably the greatest catastrophe ever in this country," the Republican presidential hopeful said.
If he were president, Trump said, it would have been different.
"I am extremely, extremely tough on people coming into this country," Trump said. And if he were president then, he said, he doubted "those people would've been in the country. … There's a good chance that those people would not have been in the country.
"With that being said," he added, "I'm not blaming George Bush, but I don't want Jeb Bush to say 'My brother kept us safe,' because Sept. 11 was one of the worst days in the history of this country."
In an interview with CNN's "State of the Union," Bush said Trump doesn't seriously address how he would handle foreign policy as president.
"Across the spectrum of foreign policy, Mr. Trump talks about things as though he's still on 'The Apprentice,'" the former Florida governor said of his rival for the Republican presidential nomination.
"My brother responded to a crisis, and he did it as you would hope a president would do. He united the country, he organized our country and he kept us safe," Jeb Bush said. "And there's no denying that. The great majority of Americans believe that."
In an earlier interview with Bloomberg's Stephanie Ruhle, Trump said of George W. Bush, "He was president, OK? Don’t blame him or don’t blame him, but he was president."
"The World Trade Center came down during his reign," Trump added.
Shame on Donald Trump for attacking President Bush on this issue. Jeb did the right thing by defending his brother as numerous other Republicans did as well. I guess Trump was having a slow news day and wanted to make waves.
Saying No to Campus Carry
According to the Texas Tribune, three private college Presidents in Texas have said no to campus carry. As you'd imagine, they are saying no because they want to protect their campus.
Guns will likely remain banned at Trinity University in San Antonio, Austin College in Sherman and Paul Quinn College in Dallas next year, each institution's leader said at the Texas Tribune Festival. Rice University President David Leebron said he was still consulting with members of his campus before making a decision about the law.
The three presidents cited campus safety as the main reason for opting out.
“I don’t ever want to be a college president who has to call a parent and tell them that their child has been shot on campus,” said Michael Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn.
Senate Bill 11, the campus carry law passed this spring, requires colleges and universities to allow people with concealed handgun licenses to carry their weapons at school starting Aug. 1. But public schools are allowed designate some parts of their campuses as “gun free zones,” and private schools are allowed to opt out of the law entirely.
Earlier Saturday, a group of university chancellors convened for another panel said they were still working on the rules for their public schools. Most downplayed the impact of the law, saying it wouldn’t make their campuses any safer or more dangerous. Texans need to be 21 or older to have a concealed handgun license, and few students do, the chancellors said.
University of North Texas System Chancellor Lee Jackson joked that someone suggested to him that his schools ban guns on all parts of campus where alcohol is served — and then begin serving alcohol in all campus buildings. Those kinds of drastic measures won't be needed, he said, adding that the people who commit crimes on campus are rarely concealed license holders.
I guess Michael Sorrell of Paul Quinn doesn't trust CHL holders, including his professors. He would rather students and staff be sitting ducks rather than allow CHL holders to protect themselves and others. How selfish of him. Because of his view on guns, the people on his campus will have less security.
Texas Tech Chancellor Robert Duncan was quoted in the story as well. Duncan told the Tribune that he would like to push CHL holders on campus to get increased training. Though he admitted that Texas Tech could not require that.
I think it would be great if Texas Tech offered a free class to students and the Lubbock community on how to deal with an active shooter situation.