Jeb Bush nailed Donald Trump on eminent domain on Saturday night, albeit in his usual inarticulate way. In response, Trump shushed him, perhaps because Jeb was getting a little too close to exposing the establishment crony capitalist that Trump is being revealed as.
After recalling that Trump had,in a previous interview, said that he loved eminent domain, one of the moderators at the debate asked Trump if that policy would be appropriate to use for a hydroelectric power line called the Northern Pass.
Initially, Trump didn’t answer the question, but rather claimed that eminent domain was an “absolute necessity” for a country, because without it we wouldn’t have any infrastructure. He then disparaged conservatives for being for the Keystone Pipeline but against eminent domain, and argued that the pipeline wouldn’t “go 10 feet” without the policy. Trump followed up and said that people are given a fortune for their property when bought out through the condemnation procedures of eminent domain.
Right after that, Jeb Bush jumped in and said that the Donald didn’t understand the difference between eminent domain for public use and eminent domain for private business. He recalled the fact that Donald Trump attempted take an elderly lady’s home so that he could expand his own private business. Of course, that’s when Trump attacked Jeb personally, smacking him for trying to be a “tough guy” and shushing him. But Trump stayed with the Keystone Pipeline case, asserting that it was a private job—just like his limousine parking lot, so it’s basically the same thing. After a back and forth between what these two men think is the right designation for the Keystone Pipeline, Trump said the following:
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