Jeb Bush Says He Will Not Give Black People “Free Stuff”

This week, Jeb Bush gave a talk in South Carolina at the East Cooper Republican Women’s Club annual Shrimp Dinner. Which, as you just might imagine, was not the most diverse affair. Surprisingly, someone asked him what he intended to do in order to win over voters of color.

And here is what he said:

“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.”

First off, you know who hasn’t really “achieved earned success”? LITERALLY ANYONE IN THE BUSH FAMILY. You, Jeb Bush. You have not achieved “earned success.” Sure! You may have worked hard, but let’s be real here — you had a bit of an edge. What with your family being very, very rich and your dad being the President and former Vice-President and all.

There was never a question that you weren’t always going to be rich, that you weren’t going to get health care, that you weren’t going to get a good education, that you were going to go to bed hungry. Never a question. So you don’t get to say “Nah, you all don’t need that stuff! Just lift yourself up by your bootstraps!” Because you know who needed that stuff? You did.

This is the thing though, Jeb! — Republicans do give “free stuff” away. They just give it away to different people. Often in the form of tax breaks for large corporations and rich people, which you have already promised to do. That is “free stuff” too, and in order to be able to give it away, we need to cut down on things that benefit the rest of the country. 

Today, CEOs of these companies you want to give tax credits to make, on average, 373 times what the average worker at their company makes. In 1980, before the Reagan tax cuts, the average CEO made only 40 times what the average worker made. I’m gonna take a leap and say that these companies should not be getting tax cuts until we get it back down to somewhere around there. Because clearly, these tax cuts are not translating into better jobs for more people, but for more money for those at the top. I think the results speak for themselves.

Your assumption here is that black people only vote Democrat because Democrats give them “free stuff.” This is wrong on a number of levels, beginning with the assumption that all black people are poor and require social programs, and ending with the vast amount of white people using social programs.

I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that at least part of why there aren’t a lot of black Republican voters is that you all have a habit of repeatedly saying completely ignorant things like this. Also because you suck.

[ThinkProgress]