Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Republican presidential contender Bobby Jindal is going on a name-calling spree, in hopes of tanking the White House bid of GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.
The Louisiana Governor lashed out at Trump during a speech at the National Press Club on Thursday morning. Here’s what Jindal called the real estate mogul:
“full of foolishness and nonsense”
“power-hungry shark” who “eats whatever is in front of him”
“non-serious carnival act”
“insecure and weak”
“Just because a lot of people like watching Kim Kardashian, we wouldn’t put her in the White House either,” Jindal said.
Trump fought back in a statement.
“[Jindal] did not make the debate stage and therefore I have never met him,” he said. “I only respond to people that register more than 1 percent in the polls. I never thought he had a chance and I’ve been proven right.”
Jindal has been polling at 1 percent or lower in most recent national polls, while Trump has been steadily climbing, reaching his highest level of support in any national poll with 32 percent support in Thursday morning’s CNN/ORC survey. Still, Jindal clocked in at 4 percent in the recent NBC/Marist poll in the critical state of Iowa, good enough for a three-way tie for seventh.
When asked whether he would support Trump if he were to become the nominee, Jindal said that he could not become the nominee. “The reason I’m here today is to avoid that hypothetical,” he said.
He dodged the question several times on CNN Thursday afternoon, refusing to say whether he would support Trump. All GOP candidates were asked to sign a pledge to support the eventual nominee.
“You may have recently seen that after Trump said the Bible is his favorite book,” Jindal said. “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.”
“Like all narcissists, Donald Trump is insecure and weak,” Jindal said. Trump, however, has been more occupied lashing out at fellow Republicans Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson, questioning the neurosurgeon’s faith and medical career.
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