Continuing where the 2016 debates left off, Jeb Bush and Donald Trump are once again in a heated feud.
Jeb Bush slammed Donald Trump for claiming his dead father had taken White House materials to a Chinese restaurant combined with a bowling alley in a confusing defense for removing classified documents when leaving office.
During a rally in Nevada on Saturday, Trump called for investigations into deceased President George H. W. Bush, who served from 1989 to 1993, as well as former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush questioned on Twitter ‘what the heck is up’ with Trump, and said the comments about his father were confusing.
‘George H.W. Bush took millions of documents to a former bowling alley and a former Chinese restaurant where they combined them. So they’re in a bowling alley/Chinese restaurant,’ Trump said during a rally in Minden, Nevada on Saturday evening.
‘By contrast, I had a small number of boxes and storage at Mar-a-Lago – very small, relatively – guarded by the Great Secret Service,’ the former president said as assurance the documents were in safe keeping.
Trump’s new claims about the 41st president came at a point in the rally where he was tearing into the FBI for raiding his home in August in order to obtain documents he removed from the White House when he left office in January 2021.
The confusing link appears to be drawing a comparison between the raid on Trump’s Florida residence this summer and an unrelated story from 1993 about mishandling of computer data under George H. W. Bush.
The part about the Chinese restaurant and bowling alley comes from a 1994 Associated Press report about how Bush Sr. stored everything from his life in a warehouse-like room that was once a bowling alley and in the building next store in what used to be a Chinese restaurant.
In a Truth Social post last week, Trump said ‘tapes from George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan administrations […] were lost after having been ordered preserved by a federal judge’ in 1993.
He argued in the post that Bush Sr. had been given ‘exclusive control over all Presidential information’ by the National Archivist.
‘Compare that to how unfairly and illegally the 45th President, me, has been treated!’
At a second rally in Arizona on Sunday, Trump claimed that Obama moved over 33 million pages of documents to a former furniture store in Chicago, a claim that has been debunked by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
It is not immediately clear if there is any validity to Trump’s claims about Bush Sr.
Trump said at his two rallies this weekend that many former presidents and other executive branch members have handled documents more poorly than he had.
Hillary Clinton, he noted, deleted tens of thousands of emails despite being under congressional subpoena – a line that still receives a slew of boos and jeers from the crowd of supporters.
‘When will they investigate and prosecute Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, George Bush and look into what took place with George Bush’s father – a very nice man – and the warehouse of documents. And what about Barack Hussein Obama. Are they under potential prosecutions? I don’t think so. I don’t think they are,’ Trump lamented.
‘A Chinese restaurant and a bowling alley, with no security and a broken front door,’ he said.
Jeb Bush, one of the many GOP candidates who tried to best Trump in the 2016 primary election, replied to Trump’s comments with a tweet claiming: ‘I am so confused.’
‘My dad enjoyed a good Chinese meal and enjoyed the challenge of 7 10 split,’ the 69-year-old former governor said. ‘What the heck is up with you?’
Trump also repeated his claims about the senior Bush during his rally in Arizona just 24 hours after his Nevada event.
He claimed that H. W. ‘took millions and millions of documents to a former bowling alley pieced together with what was then an old and broken Chinese restaurant.’:
‘They put them together. And it had a broken front door and broken windows. Other than that it was quite secure,’ he sarcastically noted.
George H. W. Bush was president for one term from 1989 to 1993 after serving as vice president for Ronald Reagan. He died in November 2018 at the age of 94.
A 1994 article from the AP said that Bush Sr.’s life was stored in the old Chimney Hill Bowl, but said that there was not enough room for the 36 million pages of documents, a million photos and 40,000 objects.
The overflow storage went into the building next door, which the article notes used to be the kitchen of a Chinese restaurant.