Jeb Bush says that Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, who was escorted out of a press conference held by Donald Trump on Tuesday night, should have been “treated with a little more respect.”
“I think people with the press ought to be treated with a little more respect and dignity,” he told reporters.
Ramos was removed from the press conference after Trump accused him of interrupting another reporter to ask a question about immigration policy. Ramos was later allowed back into the room.
Bush’s comments came after a town hall event in Pensacola, Florida, where Bush continued to blast Trump’s immigration proposals as “not conservative” and said the real estate mogul should be held to the same standards as other Republican candidates.
“This guy is now the frontrunner,” he said. “He should be held to account, just like me.”
“Go through these questions and what you’ll find is this guy doesn’t have a plan,” he added. “He’s appealing to people’s angst and their anger. I want to solve problems so that we can fix this and turn immigration into what it’s always been: an economic driver for our country.”
Bush targeted Trump’s proposal to build a continuous wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, saying “it’s not practical and it’s not conservative.”
The former Florida governor laid out his own plan to address illegal immigration, including proposals for increased technology at the border, boosted resources for local law enforcement and reductions in visa overstays.
“Do it as a conservative, for cryin’ out loud,” he said.
Questioned by one attendee about Trump’s immigration stance, Bush deadpanned “Do we have to talk about this guy?”
Trump and Bush have been feuding with renewed rancor since Bush stepped up his criticism of the GOP frontrunner last week.
Trump has derided Bush as “low energy,” a ding that was clearly in Bush’s mind Wednesday afternoon.
“We need leadership in Washington, D.C.,” he told the crowd before adding, “High-energy leadership.”