Donald Trump: Jeb's a 'Liar' & 'Hypocrite' On Eminent Domain, Bush Used It Big Time

  • by: Alan Duke

Jeb Bush accused Donald Trump of using eminent domain laws -- through which a government can force a property owner to sell -- to take an elderly woman's home next to one of his casinos, but Trump is now pointing to Bush's use of the process as governor of Florida.

"JEB is a hypocrite! Used massive private "Eminent Domain" --- Just another clueless politician!" Trump tweeted Monday. He linked to stories detailing how Gov. Bush use the process to forcibly destroy thousands of fruits trees on private property in an effort to stop the spread of a disease that was threatening Florida's citrus industry.

One of the stories also involved the taking of a disabled veteran's land the Bush wanted for a watershed project.

"I'd like to call JEB a liar, but the truth is he has no clue & never revealed that he used Eminent Domain- when criticizing me!" Trump tweeted Monday. "Jeb used Eminent Domain & took advantage of a disabled vet in the process.?

"As Florida Governor, Jeb Bush loved eminent domain and practiced it," the story said.

The article also alleges that Jeb's older brother, President George W. Bush, made millions when the city of Arlington, Texas, used eminent domain to take homes for a stadium for the Texas Rangers, a team Bush co-owned.

See also: Ted Cruz Ad: Donald Trump 'Doesn't Have No Heart'

  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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