The Republican Party establishment has said that their party has a new message of “inclusiveness” and claimed that they really “care” about all voters, not just the wealthy, white, Christian males. After the Mitt Romney trainwreck derailed, the Chairman of the Republican National Convention, Reince Preibus told the GOP that they had to engage minority communities full-time — not just during an election season. Unfortunately, the right-wing doesn’t seem to understand that “engage” doesn’t meant to repeatedly insult them and the candidates are quickly dashing any hopes of ever seeing the inside of the Oval Office again. During a campaign stop in South Carolina on Thursday, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, channeled his Mitt Romney and told the crowd that he would not appeal to African-American voters by promising “free stuff.”
During the question and answer portion of his event Bush responded to a white man who asked him how he would appeal to African-American voters by saying:
“Our message is one of hope and aspiration,” Mr. Bush said. “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.”
Apparently Jeb Bush is just another Republican who believes that the black community are a bunch of lazy moochers who are only interested in taking. This erroneous belief has no basis in reality and ignored the fact that white people make up the largest group of welfare recipients. Even though the statistics are widely available, the GOP continues to perpetuate the stereotypical “black welfare queen” myth. It was the same tactic Mitt Romney deployed during his 2012 election when he told a crowd at a N.A.A.C.P. event:
“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 was no surprise when President Obama trounced Romney at the polls and received 90 percent of the African-American vote and 71 percent of the Hispanic vote. Romney, of course, blamed his loss on Obama giving “gifts” to black people, women and young voters.
Kristy Campbell, a spokeswoman for Bush, said that the candidate “talks constantly about the need for Republicans to reach out to all voters,” but failed to address the “free stuff” comment specifically. She also said:
“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.”
She is absolutely right- the GOP will never be successful if they do not broaden their appeal, but, as usual, they are doing it wrong. The Republican Party has made it very clear that they believe all of the insulting stereotypes that their extremely racist base puts forth. They do absolutely nothing to help these voters and everything they can to trample their rights. The party has consistently passed laws to disenfranchise minority and low-income voters, they support institutional racism, gutted the Voting Rights Act, fought to keep a symbol of racism flying in South Carolina after nine African-American churchgoers were massacred and when the police murder minority citizens, they support the officers. Is it any wonder the vast majority of minority voters are Democrats?
The Republican Party, including Bush, are not a party of inclusiveness. They are a party of hate and vitriol, filled with politicians who do not care about anyone who isn’t part of the wealthy elite.
Watch Jeb make his racist statement below:
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Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.