Politics

Larry Wilmore Destroys Jeb Bush for Implying Blacks Just Want Free Stuff

All the attention on Comedy Central late night may be centering on The Daily Show and its new host Trevor Noah this week, but last night on The Nightly Show, Larry Wilmore put an epic smackdown on former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for his comments last week implying that African-Americans tend to vote Democrat for "free stuff." 

Bush made the comments last week during a campaign appearance when asked how he would help the Republican party attract black voters

"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. We are on your side," Bush said.

Of course, African-Americans didn't like the implication that they were looking for free stuff in the first place, and, well, Republican politicians who are so out of touch that they don't even realize they're insulting African-Americans isn't probably the best way to attract them to the party. 

"What? Black people vote so they can get free stuff," asked Wilmore. "The only time black people would have voted for free stuff would have been for Abraham Lincoln when the stuff they wanted to be free was themselves." 


We previously noted that back during his first failed campaign for governor in 1994, Bush similarly tanked an answer when he was asked what black Floridians could expect under his governorship. 

"Probably nothing," Bush replied. 

Gilmore dug even more. He churned up a book Bush co-wrote in 1996, between his first and second campaign for governor titled Profiles in Character, and dug up an even more damning quote.  


"He thinks the systemic oppressions of black people by white America is a black strategy," retorted Wimore. "So like in the 1950s black people had meetings to try to be more victim-y? 'People, we are not getting nearly segregated enough out there.'" 

In the end Wilmore explained that he really doesn't think most African Americans are brought up to expect free stuff ... or much of anything. 


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Kyle Munzenrieder