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A 25-year-old New Zealand politician recently dismissed a senior lawmaker who interrupted her speech on climate change with two words: "OK boomer."
The retort to older people who just don’t get it has gone mainstream, but don’t be fooled into thinking former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said it to his one-time political rival.
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Yes, Bush is only 66 to Trump’s 73, but reviewing his Twitter feed on Oct. 9 we found no such tweet. Rather, he responded to a tweet from Michael Morrell, the former acting and deputy director of the CIA. Morrell said: "The Turkish military is about to move into Syria. President Trump allowed this to happen. An ethnic cleansing of our Kurdish allies, a boost to ISIS, and a foreign policy gift to Russia, Iran, & China will be the result. America’s standing in the world will take an immense hit."
Bush retweeted Morrell and wrote, "This is a tragedy."
Searching on Twitchy, which keeps tabs on high-profile people who delete their tweets, we didn’t find evidence that Bush tweeted and then deleted. We also didn’t find any evidence searching for echoes of the tweet more broadly online. Finally, we searched the Nexis news archive for "Jeb Bush" and "Donald Trump" and "Ok boomer" and got no matches. If a lawmaker in New Zealand unknown to many Americans can draw U.S. media attention for saying "OK boomer," we expect Jeb Bush would as well.
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Facebook post, Nov. 4, 2019
BBC, ‘OK boomer’: 25-year-old New Zealand MP uses term in parliament, Nov. 7, 2019
The New York Times, ‘OK Boomer’ marks the end of friendly generational relations, Oct. 29, 2019
Britannica, Jeb Bush, visited Nov. 7, 2019
Business Insider, 45 photos of Donald Trump’s incomparable life on his 73rd birthday, June 14, 2019
Donald Trump tweet, Oct. 9, 2019
Michael Morrell tweet, Oct. 9, 2019
Jeb Bush tweet, Oct. 9, 2019
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