The saddest part of the highly curious remarks made by Republican South Carolina Lt. Gov. André Bauer this past weekend (i.e., that people receiving government assistance are like “stray animals” because, supplied with ample free food, “they breed” and “don’t know any better”) is that a surprising number of people — and not just in South Carolina — happen to agree with him.
But perhaps even more egregious (or just boneheaded) was his subsequent non-apology where he said, “I never intended to tie people to animals,” before boldly venturing another animal metaphor: “If you have a cat, if you take it in your house and feed it and love it, what happens when you go out of town?”
Indeed. Bauer then went on to note that he’s raised money for a group that protects animals. “I’m not against animals,” he emphatically stated.