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Why SC’s (Gay?) Lt. Gov Andre Bauer Won’t Apologize for Comparing People on Welfare to Animals

Andre Bauer is South Carolina’s lieutenant governor. He’s the guy who called for the ouster of its sitting governor, Mark Sanford, the anti-gay Republican who cheated on his wife and then refused to leave office amidst allegations he used taxpayer dollars to fund his affair. Bauer is the guy who wants to be his replacement. Bauer is also the guy who’s rumored to be gay himself, despite his anti-gay positions. And if that CV wasn’t long enough, Bauer is now also the guy who referred to poor people who rely on public assistance as “animal[s] … [that] will reproduce, especially ones that don’t think too much further than that. And so what you’ve got to do is you’ve got to curtail that type of behavior.” He’s also the guy who won’t apologize.

Clearly in need of a more apropos analogy than “animals” to refer to his state’s most needy, Bauer also doesn’t need to be hampered down by a scandal that he felt the need to apologize for, which might explain his reluctance to apologize (though he did acknowledge he could’ve used more sensitive language).

Bauer, a proud Christian, just wants everyone to know, his comments weren’t about people, but the system. Also, he just returned from a trip to Haiti, which sooo wasn’t a publicity stunt.