Donald Trump suggests Jeb Bush is still smoking pot in frustratingly hilarious campaign video

"Are we sure it was only forty years ago" Jeb smoked marijuana, the Instagram video asks

By Sophia Tesfaye

Published September 21, 2015 4:08PM (EDT)

  (Reuters/Dominick Reuter/Brian Snyder/Photo montage by Salon)
(Reuters/Dominick Reuter/Brian Snyder/Photo montage by Salon)

At last week's GOP presidential debate, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul called out his Republican rivals for crusading for limited government while ignoring mass incarceration. Paul singled out former Florida governor Jeb Bush for his hypocrisy on marijuana criminalization while admitting to smoking as a student at the prep school Phillips Academy. Well, really Paul called out “somebody on stage” that had smoked pot as a youth, and then Jeb outed himself before moderator Jake Tapper could do the honors.

“Forty years ago, I smoked marijuana, and I admit it,” Jeb said before the crowd of 24 million viewers while insisting that "it is appropriate for the government to play a consistent role" in the war on drugs.

After rising rival Carly Fiorina got a zinger in on Jeb's admission ("The marijuana that kids are smoking today is not the same Jeb Bush smoked 40 years ago," Fiorina said during the debate) Trump, a noted teetotaler, found Jeb's admission too fruitful to pass up. Trump posted a comical video to his Instagram account that mashes up Jeb's marijuana soundbite with other recent admissions from the flailing candidate like the revelation that he would have authorized the invasion of Iraq, he views illegal immigration as an "act of love," and his note that the offensive slur anchor babies is "more related to Asian people":


Jeb has been confused for forty years...

Jeb has been confused for forty years...

A video posted by Donald J. Trump (@realdonaldtrump) on

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Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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