I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that the guy running as a legacy pledge to Bush Kappa Dudebro should probably not be scolding black voters in South Carolina over wanting “free stuff”.
“Look around this room,” a man told Bush, who spoke to a mostly white crowd. “How many black faces do you see? How are you going to include them and get them to vote for you?” asked the man, who was white.
Bush pointed to his record on school choice and said that if Republicans could double their share of the black vote, they would win the swing states of Ohio and Virginia.
“Our message is one of hope and aspiration,” he said at the East Cooper Republican Women’s Club annual Shrimp Dinner. “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.”
Besides the fact that the phrase “earned success” coming out of Jeb Bush’s mouth should immediately evoke earthshaking howls of derisive laughter, has it occurred to anyone in the Republican party at all that the reason black voters turn to the Democrats 95% of the time is because the Republican party is incapable of seeing people of color as actual people, and that you assume we’re too stupid/lazy/racist/ignorant to see how awesome the GOP is, and that we need your superior guidance and wisdom to be “saved” from our simple, savage, brutish existence of mimosas at brunch, watching Empire, having barbecues and going to Tyrone’s house to play Madden?
Gonna go with “no” on that, at least for the people running Jeb!’s campaign. And no, your message isn’t “division” but it sure as hell is “get in line”, ranging from the soft bigotry of black respectability “pull up your pants and obey police at all times” politics to outright “assimilate to American culture, not your own” nonsense to outright hostility and violence towards people of color across the board.
Bush also expanded on his recent remark that “we should not have a multicultural society.”
“I’m going to be a professor here for a second,” he said when a reporter asked him about it.
“We’re pluralistic,” Bush added. “We’re not multicultural. We have a set of shared values that defines our national identity. And we should never veer away from that.”
Your message that you can simply “achieve earned success” doesn’t work for people who have to work twice as hard for half as much, and neither does your message that cultures should be assimilated into “shared values”. It’s insulting, dude.
Especially coming from a Bush.