The Daily Outrage: South Carolina governor candidate compares poor people to animals 

WHO: South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer

WHAT: Bauer, a Republican candidate for governor, is under increasing criticism after he compared poor people receiving benefits to “stray animals,” saying his grandmother had told him to stop feeding them. “You know why? Because they breed,” he reportedly told a crowd. “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.”

WHY IT HAPPENED: Bauer said the remarks did not cause offense in his audience, who heard them in context, but agreed that the stray animal comparison may have been inappropriate. During the same speech, he reportedly argued that parents receiving benefits should be drug tested and required to attend parent-teacher conferences for their children or risk losing those benefits. He later noted that he had no intention of denying poor children subsidized lunches.

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