Arizona Candidate Apologizes For Comparing Entitlements To Slavery

An candidate for U.S. congress in Arizona apologized Thursday for saying entitlement programs are a means of enslaving people.

Jim Brown, who is competing for the Republican nomination to challenge Rep. Ron Barber (D-AZ), wrote a Facebook post Wednesday that urged his followers to “think seriously about how slavery works.”

“Back in the day of slavery, slaves were kept in slavery by denying them education and opportunity while providing them with their basic needs …” Brown wrote, according to Think Progress’ screen grab of the now-deleted post.

“It is my sincere belief that over entitlements are a means of em- slaving [sic] the people by robbing opportunity while taking care of basic needs,” he added.

Brown wrote another post Thursday apologizing for the comparison.

“Some people read this to mean that I didn’t think slavery was that bad,” he wrote. “I believe slavery is worse than death – yesterday, today and tomorrow. I apologize to anyone I offended.”

h/t Huffington Post

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