Donald Trump and Jeb Bush got into a nasty spat over a topic that doesn't normally come up in presidential campaigns: seizure of private property under eminent domain.
The former Florida governor accused the New York developer of getting state officials to condemn an elderly woman’s home in Atlantic City so he could build a parking lot for limousines near his casinos.
“That is downright wrong,” Bush said, arguing that eminent domain should be used only for public purposes, such as building schools, hospitals and roads.
Trump mocked Bush for trying to be “a tough guy.”
“I didn’t take the property,” he insisted.
“You tried,” Bush retorted. “How tough is it to take property from an elderly woman?”
“Let me talk – quiet,” Trump told Bush, putting a finger to his lips. The audience groaned.
“That’s all of his donors and special interests,” Trump said.
That triggered more groans, and what sounded like boos, that grew louder as Trump told the TV audience that the Republican Party had salted the crowd with campaign contributors.
“Excuse me, the reason they’re not loving me is I don’t want their money,” Trump said.