Jeb Bush Rolls Out the Welfare Queen After Ben Carson Appeals to...

Jeb Bush Rolls Out the Welfare Queen After Ben Carson Appeals to Bigots


Same ‘ol Southern Strategy by “Modern” GOP on Race.  Why is it that the “modern” Republican party is seemingly incapable of running a positive messaging campaign based on what they would do in power rather than on what they dislike in others?  It seems we can’t get through a presidential race without someone on the GOP side dragging out the 1970s welfare queen strategy.

It was said plainly and without apology by a conservative talking head on News One New last week, “this is a primary strategy.” As if bigotry against an entire religion is fine as long as it’s part of a plan to win a presidential primary.  That’s how natural GOP strategy linked to bigotry and racism has become.  Ben Carson saying he wouldn’t support a Muslim for President with a broad brush bigotry so casual you had to wonder if it was 1915 or 2015.  Is Carson claiming to know the beliefs of 2 million Americans? I guess? Has Carson challenged the stereotype that all doctors are smart? Likely.

Of course, days later, Carson had to walk back his bigoted comments (will Armstrong Williams walk back too?) and say they were somehow “out of context,” — like he always does after saying something stupid.  Then, we had former Florida Governor George Bush.

“Look around this room,” a man told Bush according to the Washington Post. “How many black faces do you see? How are you going to include them and get them to vote for you?” asked the man, who was white.

Bush’s response?

“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.”

Not that any further proof was needed, but this is how a so-called “moderate” in the modern GOP messages to Black voters. Apparently no one learned the message of Mitt Romney — which was that you can’t win the White House on only white Republican voters.  But the casualness of what Jeb, must like the casualness of Mitt, indicates a party with no interest in re-thinking anything regarding Black voters.  Right now it’s still about patronizing messages meant to give a certain segment of white voters to the polls.



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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke