Jeb Bush says Supergirl actress Melissa Benoist is ‘pretty hot’

Get ready to cringe as presidential candidate Jeb Bush rates Melissa Benoist's attractiveness.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Internet Culture

Published Oct 22, 2015   Updated May 27, 2021, 6:41 pm CDT

Pop culture is always a minefield for politicians. They have to make sure they don’t look hopelessly out of touch, but it’s too easy for a faux-casual pop-culture reference to go hideously wrong.

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So, it’s with a heavy heart that we share this video of 2016 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush commenting on the hotness of Supergirl actress Melissa Benoist.

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During an event at the College of Southern Nevada on Wednesday, Bush mentioned that he’d seen a trailer for Supergirl at the gym. His verdict? “She looked pretty hot.”

Look, this could have been a lot worse. But as a 62-year-old career politician and presidential candidate, Jeb Bush definitely shouldn’t be rating the attractiveness of random women—especially when they’re young enough to be his daughter.

Photo via Supergirl/CBS

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*First Published: Oct 22, 2015, 8:10 am CDT