Republican presidential candidate and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was unrelenting in his attacks on fellow GOP contender Donald Trump on Sept. 10, calling Trump’s campaign a “non-serious carnival act” and a “narcissist.”
Speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Jindal offered his criticism of Trump’s increasingly controversial and successful campaign.
“The Donald Trump act is great, and the idea of Donald Trump is great,” Jindal said. “But the reality of Donald Trump is absurd.”
Jindal also said he wouldn’t bother discussing policy issues with the real estate mogul from New York because “he has no idea what he’s talking about, he makes it all up on the fly.”
The Louisiana governor, heavily trailing in the polls, also used some choice adjectives to describe Trump, calling him a “narcissist,” “egomaniacal” and “shallow.” Ultimately, Jindal issued a threat to Trump’s campaign.
“We’re not going to let him win the nomination. He can not be the nominee. He can not be our next president,” Jindal said in a Sept. 10 interview on CNN.
“His diagnosis is right, his prescription is false,” Jindal told Wolf Blitzer. “He is not the solution.”
In true fashion, Trump fired back at Jindal through a representative with a comment that criticized Jindal’s weak poll numbers.
“He did not make the debate stage and therefore I have never met him,” Trump said. “I only respond to people that register more than 1 percent in the polls. I never thought he had a chance and I’ve been proven right.”
Jindal’s campaign has also released videos comparing Trump’s repeated use of the word “winning” to that of actor Charlie Sheen’s similar use of the word during wacky interviews in 2011.
Unfortunately for Jindal, Trump’s criticism of the governor’s poll numbers is accurate. Jindal has only hovered around 1 percent in national polling, near former New York Gov. George Pataki and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.