Antitax crusader Grover Norquist criticized Jeb Bush on Monday for breaking rank with Republicans during the 2012 tax debate that precipitated the fiscal cliff showdown.
Norquist cited the former Florida governor's statement that year that he would accept a budget deal that offered $10 in spending cuts for every $1 in tax increases.
"Jeb Bush, in the middle of the debate in '12 when we were trying to stop a tax increase by Obama, he announced, uninvited — I don't know what he was doing as former governor — 'Oh, I'd raise taxes as part of a budget deal,'" Norquist told CNBC's "Squawk Box."
"The Republicans in the House and the Senate, we united that that was never, ever going to happen, and this butt-insky comes in and kicks them in the back of the shins."
In fact, Bush made that comment while testifying before a House Budget Committee hearing on free enterprise, which included a discussion of tax and spending policy.