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Jeb Bush calls out Republicans silent on Trump’s Russia probe

Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) on Saturday called out Republicans for not speaking out about the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Speaking at the OZY Fest in New York City on Saturday, the Florida Republican and former opponent to President Trump gave the crowd a series of rules for politics, what he called “Jeb’s rules.”

The first rule wasn’t caught on camera, but Bush’s second “rule” spoke directly to the Russia investigation swirling around the Trump administration.

“If your opponent does things that you, your head explodes on, if Barack ObamaBarack ObamaTrump’s forgotten man and woman — still forgotten Jeb Bush calls out Republicans silent on Trump’s Russia probe Immigration agents planning raids next week targeting teenage gang members MORE did something as it’s related to Russia, you say ‘this is outrageous,’ all this stuff, then when your guy does the same thing, have the same passion to be critical,” Bush said.

The remark caused the room to erupt in cheers.

It wasn’t clear exactly which Russia and former President Obama-related matters Bush was referring to.

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Bush continued his “rules” segment with a call for civility.

“Rule number three: Be civil,” Bush said. “The idea that you shout profanities at one another and expect the other guy or gal to respond like ‘that’s so nice of you, to call me a name,’ this is horrible.”

These aren’t Bush’s first remarks attacking Trump since he took office. In May, Bush suggested his prediction that Trump would be a “chaos” president had come true.

“When I ran for office, I said he is a chaos candidate and would be a chaos president,” Bush said at the Skybridge Alternatives hedge fund conference in Las Vegas in May. 

“Unfortunately, so far chaos organizes the presidency right now,” he added.

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