I think the Republican Party needs to add slavery to the list of subjects they really should STFU about, along with rape. It seems every time one of them opens their mouth about it, something appalling comes out. Jim Brown, a Republican candidate for Congress from Arizona, says it really wasn’t all that bad:
Back in the day of slavery, slaves were kept in slavery by denying them education and opportunity while providing them with their basic needs .. Not by beating them and starving them. (Although there were isolated cases if course) Basically slave owners took pretty good care of their slaves and livestock and this kept business rolling along.
That Facebook post was later deleted, but here’s the whole thing. He uses that setup to argue against economic assistance for the poor.