At the GOP presidential debate in South Carolina on Saturday night, candidate Donald Trump had occasion to answer for his views on the Iraq war. And what followed was a heated exchange.
Moderator John Dickerson began the questioning by asking Trump about his 2008 CNN interview in which he said he was surprised the Democrats had not impeached President George W. Bush over the war.
"Obviously, the war in Iraq was a big, fat mistake, all right?" Trump said. "We spent $2 trillion, thousands of lives, we don't even have it. Iran has taken over Iraq with the second-largest oil reserves in the world."
"George Bush made a mistake," Trump continued. "We can make mistakes. But that one was a beauty. We should have never been in Iraq. We have destabilized the Middle East."
And then Trump went even further:
"They lied," Trump said of the Bush administration. "They said there were weapons of mass destruction, there were none. And they knew there were none. There were no weapons of mass destruction."
Former Governor Jeb Bush responded to Trump's accusation by defending his family.
"I am sick and tired of him going after my family," Bush said. "My dad is the greatest man alive, in my mind. And while Donald Trump was building a reality TV show, my brother was building a security apparatus to keep us safe. And I'm proud of what he did."
"Look, I won the lottery when I was born 63 years ago, looked up, and I saw my mom," Bush said. "My mom is the strongest woman I know."
Trump kept hitting Jeb, "The World Trade Center came down during your brother's reign, remember that," Trump said. "That's not keeping us safe."
The South Carolina primary will take place on this Saturday on February 20.