Fact Check: Did Jeb! C*ckblock Trump’s Florida Casino?

One of the attacks on Donald Trump is that he offered then-Florida governor Jeb Bush money to allow a casino in that state. Responding to a question about him being the “puppet” of his donors, Bush noted in the GOP debate that one guy did offer him money when he was Governor — Donald Trump.

“One guy that had some special interest, that I know of, that tried to get me to change my views on something, who was generous and gave me money, was Donald Trump. He wanted casino gambling in Florida.”

Trump denied this, calling it “totally false.”

“You wanted it,” Bush continued, “But you didn’t get it because I was opposed to casino gambling before, during and after.”

Here are the facts:

Trump was working with the Seminole tribe in 2005 to open a Class III gaming facility in Florida. Bush refused to even negotiate the gaming compact, saying that he didn’t think that “making huge profits” should be the “underlying policy” of Florida.

Trump did get his casino when Charlie Crist signed the gambling compact in 2010. But he is likely still pissed off because he gave money to Bush when Jeb! was running for governor in 1997; he hosted a $500-a-head fundraiser for Bush. That must have stung when Bush didn’t just greenlight Trump’s casino.

So, yes, Trump did give money to Bush. He did try to open a “multi-million dollar casino” while Bush was Governor of Florida and was shut down. Nice try, Trump.