Jeb Bush was caught yesterday shamelessly backpedaling his full-throated defense of Mike Pence and Indiana’s anti-LGBT legislation. Living up to his caricature as a craven politician, Bush fed red meat to his base at the beginning of the week but stood up for equal rights in the Bay Area just days later.
Here was Bush on Monday in an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt:
“I think once the facts are established, people aren’t going to see this as discriminatory at all.”
And here was Bush on Wednesday at a closed-door fundraiser in Silicon Valley:
“‘By the end of the week, I think Indiana will be in the right place, which is to say that we need in a big diverse country like America, we need to have space for people to act on their conscience, that it is a constitutional right that religious freedom is a core value of our country. But we shouldn’t discriminate based on sexual orientation. So what the State of Indiana is going to end up doing is probably get to that place.”
Got that, folks? Bush went from the Ted Cruz to the Tim Cook camp in one flight out West. This isn’t the first time Bush has been caught pandering to his audience, even if that means denouncing the positions he claims to hold dearest. Q: Where is Jeb on any issue? A: What room is he in?