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A family Trumpsgiving in South Carolina.

Jeb Bush made his pitch as the strongest candidate to tackle both America’s enemies abroad and the problems with the federal government at home, just before voters take a break from politics for the holidays. — The businessman leading the Republican presidential field was peddling one thing to South Carolina voters Tuesday evening: An alleged innate ability to predict foreign policy trends and events.

Trump has spent the past few weeks on the trail touting, among other thing, his idea of bombing Iraqi oil fields and then taking and keeping the oil for ourselves. “To the victor goes the spoils,” he often claims, referencing the “old days.” But Tuesday night he told a crowd here in the Palmetto state what he thinks is trait most necessary for White House success: The GOP front-runner reiterated past claims about his supposed vision Tuesday by talking about his alleged foresight regarding Osama bin Laden — and predicting “terrorism” in general. “The other thing I predicted is terrorism,” he told the crowd before elaborating on a longer story of a friend who told him the same. “A friend of mind called me and said ‘Forget that, you’re the first guy that really predicted terrorism.'” The real-estate developer from Queens said he predicted “terrorism” — which he says was documented in his 2000 book “The America We Deserve” — “cause I can feel it.” Never mind that “terrorism,” both radical-Islamic and otherwise, had already existed well before then — including the bombing of New York City’s World Trade Center in 1993 by al-Qaeda-linked fundamentalists. The attacks have put national security issues back at the center of the presidential campaign, an area where Bush has tried to position himself as a more serious alternative to “outsider” candidates – such as Donald Trump or Ben Carson – who lack national political experience. The roll-out of Trump’s extended family on the campaign trail comes at an opportune time: two days ahead of Thanksgiving and on the heels of several days of controversy — over Trump’s apparent support of a national registry of Muslim Americans, his tweeting of a chart that grossly overstates the percentage of white murder victims killed by blacks and the roughing-up of a protester at a Saturday campaign rally in Alabama. “When campaigns are going through rough patches you always want to change the narrative and take the edge off,” said Republican strategist and South Carolina native Bruce Haynes. “No better way to do that than to bring your family on stage at a holiday time and try to elevate the conversation.” At the outset of his rally, Trump announced, “I haven’t done this yet. Bush criticized the Obama administration for what he said was too restrictive an approach in attacking the Islamic State, or ISIS, within Iraq and Syria, because of a fear of inflicting civilian casualties.

Melania’s Slovenian parents also joined the mogul on stage, as did Ivanka’s husband, real estate developer Jared Kushner, after some additional cajoling. “Good evening. Flanked by Trump’s daughter Ivanka, her husband, Jared, as well as daughter Tiffany Trump, son, Baron, and Melania’s parents, the former super model took the microphone. Domestically, Bush wants to reverse sequestration cuts on military spending, arguing that some Air Force pilots today are flying planes older than they are. “We’re sending 20th-century planes to face 21st-century dangers,” Bush said. “We can’t just talk about how great and strong we are. He will be the best president ever,” said Melania, a native Slovenian, in a thick accent. “We love you,” she said, waving to the crowd, a red overcoat draped over her shoulders. After spotting a Trump impersonator in the crowd, the candidate called out to security. “You gotta get him up here!” The man, clad in a business suit with a blonde Trump wig atop his head, approached the stage and after a few moments with secret service, and was allowed to join the candidate.

But Bush has also drawn criticism because of his call for the U.S. to continue to accept Christian refugees from the Middle East but not Muslim refugees. After asking if the man, whose real name is Terri Silliman, was married and if his wife was happy with her husband, Trump exclaimed “she fantasizes that he’s really the real Donald Trump.” On economic policy, Bush said he would double the annual economic growth rate from 2 percent to 4 percent, a pledge economists have said is unrealistic.

Bush said Tuesday the goal is achievable through a combination of middle-class tax cuts and a reduction in the number of tax loopholes and deductions. He told attendees, “My wife said that’s too nasty so I’m going to say tonight I like Carson, he’s a nice man.” Trump’s two adult sons, Eric and Donald Jr., were not present in Myrtle Beach, and Ivanka Trump did not speak at the rally, but people close to the campaign expect her to be the family’s most visible surrogate.

Already, she has presided over the opening of a field office in New Hampshire and made a cameo on an episode of “Saturday Night Live” hosted by her father earlier this month. Bush didn’t directly mention the GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, but he said he offered a choice for experienced “servant leadership” versus the more divisive rhetoric of candidates without a record. I think he’s probably nice.” He also defended his support for monitoring and shutting down American mosques to combat terrorism, saying, “A lot of things are happening in there folks — a lot of things.” “He’s a big hairy guy. Party officials called on Republican candidates to address the shooting of five people at a Black Lives Matter protest Monday night in Minneapolis. “South Carolina voters deserve a serious conversation about how Republican candidates plan to grow the middle class and keep America safe,” said Jason Perkey, executive director of the S.C.

Democratic Party. “Instead, they are … alienating entire communities of voters, and inciting fear with irresponsible rhetoric.” Bush didn’t address the protest movement on Tuesday, but he did argue his policies as Florida’s governor helped minority communities.

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