Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer drew a comparison to “feeding stray animals” during a speech about people on government assistance, “babies having babies,” and parents whose children are on free and reduced-price lunch.
Bauer, who's running for the Republican nomination for governor, made his remarks during a town hall meeting in Fountain Inn that included state lawmakers and about 115 residents.
“My grandmother was not a highly educated woman but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed. You're facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don't think too much further than that. And so what you've got to do is you've got to curtail that type of behavior. They don't know any better,” Bauer said.
In South Carolina, 58 percent of students participate in the free and reduced-price lunch program, 45.5 percent in Greenville County.[...]
Bauer later told The Greenville News on Friday that he wasn't saying people on government assistance “were animals or anything else.”
Uh-huh...and if I say that South Carolina Republicans are ignorant, inbred, racist assholes, Bauer shouldn't take it personally or anything, either.