Gov. Bobby Jindal slammed fellow GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump this morning in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
In July, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry — languishing in the presidential sweepstakes — took on frontrunner Donald Trump in the days before the first scheduled GOP candidate debate:
"My fellow Republicans, beware of false prophets. Do not let itching ears be tickled by messengers who appeal to anger, division and resentment," the former Texas governor said.
It did little for his campaign; Perry has stopped paying some staff and is dogged by the prospect of being the first major candidate to fold. Meanwhile, Gov. Bobby Jindal, whose poll numbers are only slightly better than Perry's in most polls, teed off on The Donald this morning in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
The Jindal campaign had made much of the fact that the candidate was going to take a sock at Trump, sending out alerts, an advance copy of Jindal's remarks and telling reporters Jindal was going to "brawl" with Trump. Among the highlights of the speech:
Donald Trump is a narcissist and an egomaniac. That may sound like a serious charge to make, but it is also something that everyone knows to be true, and he knows it too, and he celebrates it. He told us the other day that he’s likes Kanye West, why? “Because Kanye loves Trump.” He may be an entertaining narcissist, but he is one nonetheless. ...
You may have recently seen that after Trump said the Bible is his favorite book, he couldn’t name a single Bible verse or passage that meant something to him. And we all know why, because it’s all just a show, and he hasn’t ever read the Bible. But you know why he hasn’t read the Bible? Because he’s not in it. ...
Summer is over, it’s time to get serious about saving our country. It’s time to send Donald Trump back to reality TV – it’s time to tell Donald Trump – it’s been great, you’ve been great for ratings, you are almost as fun as Don Rickles, the show has been a blast.
Jindal has little to lose; in a CNN/ORC poll released this morning, Trump had surged to 32 percent support, while Jindal was stuck at 1 percent. The poll has a 3 percent margin of error.
The governor also took another pop culture swing at Trump, releasing a short online commercial highlighting the number of times Trump refers to himself. Set to the Beatles' "All You Need is Love," it concludes with a clip from the movie Anchorman, in which clueless weatherman Brick Tamland declares, "I like lamp."