Jeb Bush is now acting as though the American people should be grateful he is running for president.

At a forum in South Carolina today, the fading candidate said Americans should elect Donald Trump if they want gridlock and name calling.

At a presidential forum hosted by Sen. Tim Scott, Bush said:

If this election is about how we’re going to fight to get nothing done, then I don’t want any part of it. I don’t want to be elected president to seek gridlock that people are literally in decline in their lives. That is not my motivation.

I’ve got a lot of really cool things I could do other than sit around, being miserable, listening to people demonize me and me feeling compelled to demonize them. That is a joke. Elect Trump if you want that.

The outburst is likely the culmination of frustration that is sagging campaign is going nowhere, while Trump’s support continues to rise.

The News-Press reports:

Bush’s campaign is slashing payroll costs by 40 percent, downsizing its Miami headquarters by more than 50 percent, reducing travel costs by 20 percent and cutting 45 percent of spending in areas not related to media and voter contact.

“Here’s a guy who wants to run our country, and he can’t even run his own campaign. And you know what? He’s cutting back big,” Trump said in Florida today.

“Bush has no money. He’s cutting. He’s meeting today with mommy and daddy and they’re working on their campaign.”

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