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Jeb Bush: ‘I Don’t Know’ If Charleston Shooting Was Racist

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Jeb Bush: ‘I Don’t Know’ If Charleston Shooting Was Racist


Jeb Bush spoke Friday morning at the right-wing Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference in Washington — and showed that he is yet another conservative with a problem discussing racism in the context of the shooting at the historically black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Sahil Kapur of Bloomberg Politics reports:

Kapur also reports that Bush called the shooting “an evil act of aggression,” but still tried to sidestep the issue of race.

Laura Bassett of The Huffington Post asked Bush some follow-up questions — and continued to get some very uncertain answers.

The suspected mass murderer, 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof, has been quoted by survivors as having announced to them that it was his intention to kill black people, and he also reportedly confirmed this motive to law enforcement officials after his arrest. He is also known to have variously worn or displayed insignia of historical white-supremacist regimes such as apartheid-era South Africa, white Rhodesia, and the Confederate States of America.

And somehow, all of this makes it difficult for people to figure out exactly what the motive was.

Photo: Jeb Bush, May 16, 2015, iprimages via Flickr



  1. Lynda Groom June 19, 2015

    Nobody that stupid should ever be considered for the big boy chair in the White House. I understand he has to appeal to the ‘base,’ but his comment was pure idiocy.

  2. labman57 June 19, 2015

    Of course Jeb doesn’t know — he and his fellow Republicans … perhaps inspired by the Three Monkeys … are in complete denial that racism against ethnic minorities still exists in America.

  3. Marv Nochowitz June 19, 2015

    When your a republican and you depend on a racist base for votes, you can’t call one of your own a racist. The problem is you can call all republicans racist by association.

    1. dtgraham June 20, 2015

      For them, that is the problem. They know what he is, but it’s hard for them to say it. They’re dependent on the Dylann Roof vote for electoral success in November of 2016 but they obviously can’t just come out and say that. They have to play a lot of word games with this.

    2. 788eddie June 20, 2015

      I’m sure that not all Republicans are racist, But I’m also as sure that racists will find a more comfortable “home” with the Republican Party, than with the Democrats.

      If Republicans do not want that reputation, then they need to actively denounce violent actions like these, and in clear, unequivocal terms.

      1. plc97477 June 22, 2015

        I don’t see them doing that. To bad it may be their only hope of being around for another few years.

  4. harviele June 19, 2015

    Well, the article still doesn’t say what the motive was, so how would anyone know if it was racist or not?

    1. chino49p June 19, 2015

      Can’t you read? The article clearly says he told the survivors that he intended to kill Black people and that he confirmed that motive to law enforcement. He displayed white supremacist patches on a jacket and the confererate flag on his car. When you display those items and then state that you intend to kill Black people, it is clear that your motive is racisim.

      1. BillP June 20, 2015

        Trying to debate a right wing troll with facts is just a waste of your time and space on this site. The fact that the shooter admitted to the police his reason for shooting 9 people in the church was based solely on race has no effect on these low information trolls.

      2. idamag June 21, 2015

        This is the problem with people like harviele. They cannot read and understand what they read. They just make asses of themselves when they try to join a discussion.

    2. Joseph Kelsall June 20, 2015

      Go and play somewhere else!

    3. charleo1 June 21, 2015

      Well, I think we can be pretty sure it wasn’t because Roof is a big supporter of the NAACP, the Reverend King, or the Civil Rights Law. It’s ridiculous!

      1. idamag June 21, 2015

        He actually said he wanted to kill some Black people. So it might not have been racist?

        1. charleo1 June 22, 2015

          Well, yes he did. I don’t see any other way to read that.

  5. 2ThinkN_Do2 June 20, 2015

    Does Jeb Bush know if he is human or an alien?

  6. Whatmeworry June 20, 2015

    He sounds like Barak defending the moooslim terrorists in this country

    1. Whatmeworry June 21, 2015

      He sounds like Republikans defending the moooslim terrorists in this country

    2. Daniel Max Ketter June 21, 2015

      Well, I take offense to that. My wife Linda is a Muslim, and I respect her religion as well as she respects my atheism.

      1. idamag June 21, 2015

        I wouldn’t even bother to answer someone who is so functionally illiterate that he cannot stay on topic, but resorts to little kid name calling.

        1. Daniel Max Ketter June 22, 2015

          Yeah, whatmeworry is a sad putz.

  7. Dominick Vila June 21, 2015

    The only excuse I can think of for the comment made by Jeb, and Perry’s conclusion that the massacre at Charleston was an “accident”, is the fact that they are all walking on thin ice when it comes to race relations in America. Republicans need the support of the white supremacist wing of the party to be nominated, and they need their unconditional support to have a chance to win elections. Ignoring the fact that Mr. Roof said that he was in that Church to kill black people is beyond cynical. It doesn’t matter if that young man is mentally disturbed, too ignorant to understand what he is doing, or so consumed by prejudiced that he is convinced his heinous crime was justified. He acted on the belief that he had a duty to kill people he regarded as a threat to himself and those like him.

  8. idamag June 21, 2015

    That Bush doesn’t have any more grasp on reality than his brother.

  9. pisces63 June 22, 2015

    The right has been in denial of racism for so long, they are like that scratched 45 record
    or 33 1/3 album, stuck and replaying the same thing over and over. They cannot admit what we in black America has known for so long. Most of their actions, lately, is due to race. Especially, when they speak out for voter obstruction. Using the same old tired
    mantra, you need an ID for everything. Sorry, if I didn’t need one when I first registered, in 1970, I don’t need one, now. I have NEVER seen such tight rope walking since the Flying Wallendas. They eventually lost their footing.

  10. Carolyn1520 June 22, 2015

    They’re still trying to find a way to convince people it’s part of the imaginary “war on Christians” but the racist shooter made that difficult for them.
    Yet, we hear their minions of moronic foot soldiers questioning it too.


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