It was Clinton attacking Bush on Facebook Monday as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called out GOP candidate Jeb Bush for his comments about Democrats offering black Americans "free stuff."
She decried the remarks as "Republicans lecturing people of color instead of offering real solutions."
During a question-and-answer session on the social media site, the former secretary of state was asked to respond to Bush's words. She pulled no punches in her reply
"That kind of rhetoric is deeply insulting, whether it comes from Jeb Bush or Mitt Romney or Donald Trump," Clinton wrote.
"I think people are seeing this for what it is: Republicans lecturing people of color instead of offering real solutions to help people get ahead, including facing up to hard truths about race and justice in America."
And she wasn't finished.
"Not to mention — Republicans have no problem promising tax breaks and sweetheart deals to their corporate friends, but when Democrats fight to make sure all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care, early childhood education, and job training, that's giving away 'free stuff?'" Clinton continued.
"Talk about backwards. And that’s not all. I'm calling for an end to the era of mass incarceration, criminal justice reforms, and protecting voting rights, but Republicans across the country are making it harder to vote. That's wrong and it's got to change."
Bush said at a function in South Carolina
last Thursday that "our message [to black Americans] 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."
He defended the comments on "Fox News Sunday," telling host Chris Wallace that Republicans must explain to all voters why fixing problems will allow everyone to succeed.
"That's what people want. They don't want free stuff. That was my whole point," Bush said. "The left argues all the time taking things out of context."
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