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Hillary Clinton calls Jeb Bush’s ‘free stuff’ comments ‘deeply insulting’

Hillary Rodham Clinton says Jeb Bush’s suggestion that Democrats offer “free stuff” to appeal to minority voters is “deeply insulting.”

Bush recently told a South Carolina audience that Democrats offer division and “free stuff,” or government help, to black voters while his message is about “hope and aspiration.”

Clinton took issue with the comments during a Facebook question-and-answer session this week. She said rhetoric like that is “deeply insulting, whether it comes from Jeb Bush or Mitt Romney or Donald Trump.”

“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,” Clinton wrote on Facebook.

Bush’s remarks drew comparisons to Romney’s comments following his 2012 loss in the presidential election to President Barack Obama, when the former Massachusetts governor told donors that Obama had offered “gifts” to minority voters.

Bush told Fox News over the weekend that his comments were taken out of context and he was making a point that was counter to what Romney had said at the time.

“I think we need to make our case to African-American voters and all voters that an aspirational message, fixing a few big complex things, will allow people to rise up. That’s what people want. They don’t want free stuff. That was my whole point,” Bush said.

Maryland school district bans fliers after anti-gay handouts

Maryland’s Montgomery County Board of Education has voted to bar nonprofit groups from distributing fliers to middle and high school students after protests over leaflets sent home with students.

The Washington Post reported the 6-1 vote this week will ban the distribution of leaflets from any outside group except government agencies or PTAs.

The distribution of fliers drew protests in February after many students and educators considered some leaflets sent home to be anti-gay. The fliers were sent by the group Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays, saying homosexuality is not innate and can be changed.

Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr called the message intolerant. He says it was important to rethink the flier policy.

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