Lindsey Graham Tea Party Challenger: People Who Don’t Work Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Eat

AP

One of the Republican primary challengers to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) argued that recipients of unemployment benefits shouldn’t be be allowed to eat.

At a fundraising event in Tulsa Oklahoma, state Sen. Lee Bright (R-SC), one of a handful of Republicans challenging Graham said that “folks in government” aren’t looking out for the best interests of the country. Bright went on to offer unemployment benefits as an example of how elected officials are failing.

“We’ve got a lot of people who won’t work. And they won’t work because we’ll provide their food, and we’ll provide their housing and we’ll provide them their spending money and we’ll provide them their spending money,” Bright said at a fundraising event in Tulsa, Oklahoma. “We’ve all seen it, the folks in line who are using [food stamps], yet they’ve got the nicest nails and the nicest pocketbook and they get the nicest car.”

Bright’s comments were first flagged by Right Wing Watch.

At the same event, he argued that immigrants in the country should self deport. Bright, the most libertarian candidate among the contenders for Graham’s seat, also strongly criticized the Internal Revenue Service. Bright argued that getting a letter from the IRS is like something that would happen in “Nazi Germany.”

“I mean let’s just abolish the IRS,” he said. “There’s no other institution in our government that people are more fearful of is the IRS. I mean you think about it, the people who are just trying to feed their families, they’re horrified. Now I can understand that in Nazi Germany, not in the U.S.” 

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