The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore started his show off this Monday by first thanking the “metaphor gods” for the story about Carly Fiorina and the stage collapsing at one of her recent campaign events, and was more than happy to use the accident as a way to get a few digs in at her for her recent lie-fest about Planned Parenthood over the weekend.
Wilmore then moved onto Jeb(!) Bush and his recent remarks about black people, and pretending that their votes can be bought by offering them a bunch of “free stuff.”
After playing a bit of Bush during a campaign appearance, where he said their message was one of “hope and aspiration,” Wilmore was willing to play along for a while, until Bush continued talking.
BUSH: ...because our message is one of hope and aspiration. It isn’t one of division, “get in line, we’ll take care of you with free stuff.”
WILMORE: What? Black people vote so they can get free stuff? 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! That makes sense.
Wilmore wondered if Bush had possibly misspoke, but as he noted Bush had a second chance to clarify his remarks on Fox “news” this weekend, otherwise known as a “Fox mulligan,” and Bush doubled down on his remarks instead.
WILMORE: You just did it again! What is this weird racist word association that's going on in your head? You hear black voters and you just think “free stuff?” It's like he's playing Heads Up. […]
This guy has a lot of nerve accusing black voters of wanting free stuff when it was built on the backs of free black labor, and if memory serves, white southerners had quite an appetite for free stuff too.
After playing one more of Bush's “off the cuff” remarks about race, Wilmore wondered what Bush had to say on the topic when he's “had a minute to think about it, taken the time to write something down, reread it, sent it to the publisher, done two rounds of copy editing, then published it, in say, a 1996 book called Profiles in Character?”
It turns out that, it's not pretty, and that's putting it mildly. Here's the portion of Bush's book Wilmore went onto quote and his response:
Many of the modern victim movements, the gay rights movement, the feminist movement, the black empowerment movement and other movements based on social status or race have attempted to get people to view themselves as part of a smaller group deserving of something from society rather than viewing themselves as an integral part of a society in which they strive to make a contribution to the whole.
WILMORE: This is not a gaffe. This is how Jeb Bush really feels. He thinks the systemic oppression of black people by white America is a black strategy, so that in the 1950's, like black people had meetings to try to be more victimy? [...]
Now look. I've been working hard all my life. My parents told me I had to work twice as hard for half as much. That's been my mentality and I'll be honest with you, that's the mentality of many black Americans.
It's not that we think of ourselves as victims who deserve your handouts. It's that we know we have to work our asses off to overcome a system that for decades has institutionalized racism to keep us out of society. So the idea that black people are strategizing to get anything for free in this country is insulting (!).
Vice has more on that book Larry quoted from, and the more you read, the uglier it gets: Jeb Bush's Solution for America: Public Shaming and 'A Sense of Ridicule'. So much for this clown being the "smart one."