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Jeb Bush says Trump support understandable given anger over San Francisco killing

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Jeb Bush says Trump support understandable given anger over San Francisco killing

SAN FRANCISCO – Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Thursday in an interview with Yahoo News that Donald Trump’s rise in the polls is understandable given the anger of many Americans over the lack of immigration enforcement, but that Trump is wrong to “prey on their fears and angst.”

Bush said that support for Trump is coming from Americans who are “legitimately angry” about the lack of immigration enforcement in sanctuary cities like San Francisco, where many local authorities do not turn over undocumented immigrants to federal law enforcement. A 32-year old woman was shot to death last week in San Francisco by an immigrant who had already been deported five times.

“I totally respect and get why people are upset about this, completely. My heart goes out to the family of this precious beautiful girl that was killed,” Bush said. “But we should solve this problem. This has been lingering now for how long? Immigration reform needs to start with border control and move on beyond that. And I have solutions for these things.”

“And my campaign will be about leadership, not about trying to prey on peoples fears which I think is what Donald Trump is doing,” he said.

Bush disputed reports that he has been focused on prepping to respond to businessman Donald Trump in the primary debates that begin next month.

“I haven’t been preparing. But clearly he’s going to be in the debates. And I’m going to have to deal with it for sure. My guess is I’ll be a target but it doesn’t bother me a bit,” Bush said.

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