Hillary Clinton criticized Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders recently for what she asserts is his “free this and free that and free everything” philosophy.
But it was back in September that Clinton — who then held a more commanding lead over Sanders — hit former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for criticizing Democrats’ pro-free stuff philosophy.
At a campaign event in South Carolina those many months ago, Bush was asked how he planned to appeal to black voters.
“Our message is one of hope and aspiration,” Bush responded. “It isn’t one of division and get in line and we’ll take care of you with free stuff. Our message is one that is uplifting — that says you can achieve earned success.”
Clinton responded with a jab at Jeb.
“I think people are seeing this for what it is: Republicans’ lecturing people of color instead of offering real solutions to help people get ahead, including facing up to hard truths about race and justice in America,” she wrote on Facebook at the time.
“Republicans have no problem promising tax breaks and sweetheart deals to their corporate friends, but when Democrats fight to make sure all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care, early childhood education and job training, that’s giving away “free stuff”?!,” she added.
But Clinton flip-flopped on free stuff at a campaign event in Nevada on Thursday, taking a direct shot at Sanders.
“I’m not just making speeches and not just promising free this and free that and free everything,” Clinton said. Sanders, a democratic socialist, supports nationalized health care and “free” tuition to public colleges and universities. Clinton has argued that Sanders’ proposals are unrealistic.