Jindal's onslaught of insults: "The reason I know Trump hasn't read the Bible is because he isn't in the Bible"

"Trump's a narcissist and egomaniac, and like all narcissists," Jindal added, "he is weak and insecure"


Scott Eric Kaufman
September 10, 2015 9:45PM (UTC)

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal tried to revive his flagging presidential campaign on Thursday by attacking Donald Trump for being a fundamentally unserious candidate whose believes in one thing above both God and country -- himself.

After releasing a campaign ad in which compared Trump to to another celebrity who always claiming to be "winning," Jindal gave a speech at the National Press Club in which he initially praised Donald Trump for "being an outsider" who is "willing to say the things you're not supposed to say."

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But aside from their shared disdain for "political correctness," Jindal said neither he nor the Republican party have much in common with the real estate magnate. "It's been a lot of fun," he said of Trump's campaign, "but here's the problem: Donald Trump is not a serious candidate. He's a narcissist. He's an egomaniac. The only thing he believes in is himself."

"I want to say what everybody is thinking about Donald Trump, but is afraid to say," Jindal continued. "Like all narcissists, Donald Trump is insecure and weak [and] we know that only a very weak and small person needs to constantly tell us how strong and powerful they are."

The governor also laughed off the idea that Trump's favorite book is the Bible, saying "Donald Trump has never read the Bible. The reason I know he has not read the Bible is that he's not in the Bible."

Jindal has little choice but to punch up at the GOP front-runner, given that he is polling at 1 percent among likely Republican voters at the moment. That he started what his camp is calling a "brawl" with Trump on the same day Trump's publicly feuding with Carly Fiorina is, however, just another indication of how well-managed Jindal's campaign has been -- at this point, he's a tree that's fallen in the woods without anyone around to wonder if he made a sound.

Watch Jindal speaking at the National Press Club below via Fox News.

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Scott Eric Kaufman

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