Jeb Bush Promises Not To Give Freeloading Black People ‘Free Stuff’

On Thursday, Jeb Bush made it even more difficult for the Republican party to win over the black vote by assuring a white guy at a mostly-white South Carolina campaign event that he would not be giving black people any “free stuff.”

The man Jeb replied to had simply asked the Republican presidential candidate how he planned to attract African American voters, considering that most of the faces in the room were white. Jeb replied:

“Our message is one of hope and aspiration. It isn’t one of division and get in line and we’ll take care of you with free stuff. Our message is one that is uplifting — that says you can achieve earned success.”

Jeb must have taken inspiration from Mitt Romey’s comments during his 2012 run for president, in which Romney said:

“Your friends who like Obamacare, you remind them of this: If they want more stuff from government, tell them to go vote for the other guy — more free stuff. But don’t forget nothing is really free.”

It’s not a new position for Jeb to take, though. In the 90s, when he was running for governor of Florida, Jeb was asked what he would do for black people in the state. He answered, “Probably nothing.”

The Bush campaign, in an attempt to do some damage control after Jeb’s comments, said that although the question had been inquiring about black voters specifically, Jeb’s response was meant for all voters. Kristy Campbell, Jeb’s spokeswoman, said that Jeb “talks constantly about the need for Republicans to reach out to all voters.”

“We will never be successful in elections without communicating that conservative principles and conservative policies are the only path to restoring the right to rise for every single American.”

Although Jeb might be a better candidate for minority voters than Donald Trump, he’s certainly not making himself look much better. A comment implying that black people will have to work for everything, as if they expected things to be handed to them, is offensive at best. Especially coming from someone whose political career follows both his father and older brother, who both served as president of the United States.

Featured image courtesy of Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons.