Indiana lawmaker tells Fox: GOP ‘isn’t focusing on poor people’ with welfare drug tests

Rep. Jud McMillin (R) insisted on Thursday that he was not “focusing on poor people” with a bill that would strip welfare benefits from people who failed to pass a drug test.

On a Fox & Friends segment called “Entitlement Nation,” host Brian Kilmeade noted that critics of Indiana’s had argued that it singled out and stereotyped the poor.

“I think it’s going to save a whole bunch of money,” McMillin told Kilmeade. “And it certainly isn’t focusing on poor people. What it focuses on is people who are using drugs.”

This claim puzzled the Fox News host.

“If you’re on welfare, usually you don’t have that much money,” he reasoned. “So it might not be wrong to label them poor people.”