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Black Lives Matter Activist On Jeb Bush: ‘He Hasn’t Earned The Stuff That He Has’

It would appear that Jeb Bush is genetically predisposed to saying things that guarantee he will never be President of the United States.

Perfect example: He planted his foot deeply in his mouth with comments on how he planned to present his message to African-American voters, claiming that he would not just offer them freebies:

“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.”

Well now someone is taking Jeb to task for that comment: Black Lives activist DeRay Mckesson, who was on theNightly Show Monday evening. Mckesson said Bush has ignored his own privileged background and history:

“If free means you’ve gotten something you haven’t paid for, he comes from a legacy — he hasn’t earned the stuff that he has.”

This prompted Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore to query panelists on why they thought black voters were perceived as having a “quid pro quo” arrangement with the Democratic party. To which Mckesson replied:

“What we’ve seen from the Republicans is that they haven’t talked about race beyond immigration, that there’s, like, literally no language there yet. They talk as if history just didn’t exist. They, like, sort of start history where they want it to, in a way that erases all the people that pay with their lives. Nothing has been free. I think that all the people who died, who were the enslaved and everybody else, wouldn’t say that any of this would be free.”

Mckesson also said members of the Black Lives Matter movement have met with Bernie Sanders and will meet with Hillary Clinton soon. As for the GOP, he remarked:

“Hopefully we’ll be meeting with the staff of the (Republican National Committee), as well.”

The panel also touched on recent comments made by Ben Carson regarding a Muslim being President of the United States. Mckesson noted:

“They talk about, like, God, family and country — but it’s God until it’s about poor people, it’s family until family is, like, same-sex and inclusive, and it’s country until it involves black people. “

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.

By Andrew Bradford

Proud progressive journalist and political adviser living behind enemy lines in Red America.

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