The Louisiana Governor lashed out at Trump during a speech at the National Press Club on Thursday morning. Here's what Jindal called the real estate mogul:
--“full of foolishness and nonsense"
--“power-hungry shark” who “eats whatever is in front of him”
--“non-serious carnival act”
--"insecure and weak"
Trump fought back in a statement and on Twitter.
“[Jindal] did not make the debate stage and therefore I have never met him," he said. "I only respond to people that register more than 1% in the polls. I never thought he had a chance and I’ve been proven right.”
Jindal has been polling at 1 percent or lower in most recent national polls, while Trump has been steadily climbing, reaching his highest level of support in any national poll with 32 percent support in this morning’s CNN/ORC survey. Still, Jindal clocked in at 4 percent in the recent NBC/Marist poll in the critical state of Iowa -– good enough for a three-way tie for seventh.
When asked whether he would support Trump if he were to become the nominee, Jindal said that he could not become the nominee. “The reason I’m here today is to avoid that hypothetical,” he said.
He dodged the question several times on CNN this afternoon, refusing to say whether he would support Trump. All GOP candidates were asked to sign a pledge to support the eventual nominee.
“You may have recently seen that after Trump said the Bible is his favorite book,” Jindal said. “He couldn’t name a single Bible verse or passage that meant something to him. And we all know why: because it’s all just a show. And he hasn’t ever read the Bible. But you know why he hasn’t read the Bible? Because he’s not in it.”