Republican South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan said Monday that Donald Trump "exposed himself as a truther" with his criticism of George W. Bush during the GOP debate on Saturday night.
"I thought Trump really exposed himself as a truther and I don't think that will play real well in South Carolina," Duncan, who is supporting Ted Cruz in the presidential race, said in a radio interview on The Tara Show. "I think some of the people that were on the fence and maybe leaning toward Trump in South Carolina at least probably took that wrong and probably will go another way now."
In Saturday's GOP debate, Trump said it was undeniable that the World Trade Centers fell under Bush's watch, and that the Bush administration lied the American people prior to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, saying, "They said there were weapons of mass destruction. There were none and they knew that there were none."
Duncan said of Trump's comment, "It hit me wrong, I will say. You know, in South Carolina, we were pretty big supporters of George W. Bush and supported the war in Iraq and pushed back against radical Islam and some of the WMDs."
"You know, we're looking at, Obama administration just gave $150 billion to Iran and allow them to have a nuclear weapon, yet a conservative president President George W. Bush actually said, we're not gonna allow an Islamic state to have these weapons of mass destruction, which has been proven to be true," he added.
Christopher Massie is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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