Businessman and former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain declared this week on Fox News that “there is no rampant injustice in America” in response to the ongoing NFL protests that have seen hundreds of players either take a knee during the national anthem or show solidarity for those who do, prompting a strong reaction.
Cain, 71, made the claim after being asked about Hillary Clinton’s recent comments on the football protests, which were sparked by then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick last year.
The defeated Democratic candidate said while on the U.K. leg of her book tour that “kneeling is a reverent position” and that the players merely want to “demonstrate in a peaceful way against racism and injustice in our criminal justice system.”
“That was not against our anthem or our flag,” Clinton added.
But self-made multimillionaire Cain, who is black, called out the former First Lady for those remarks, saying that they “made absolutely no sense.”
“First, there is no rampant injustice in America. We’ve come a long way,” the Republican businessman added, noting that he “grew up with injustice in the 50s and 60s.”
“Secondly, a lot of people have picked up on that lie and jumped on the bandwagon, not knowing what bandwagon they were getting on,” the restaurateur said during a visit to Fox News’ “Outnumbered.”
“As far as the black caucus and everybody else saying they should be allowed to kneel, I have a breaking news announcement — they are not your football teams. It’s like any business. You have rules for your workers, for your players, and they are going to be expected to adhere to the rules, pure and simple,” Cain said.
The pizza magnate was quickly challenged by Democratic strategist Jessica Tarlov, who had also joined the program.
“I would say that there are a lot of Americans, actually a majority of Americans, who disagree with you about your stance on injustice in America,” the political researcher shot back.
“Whites, blacks, Hispanics believe there is injustice and specifically in our criminal justice system. This is a tremendous issue for the African-American community,” said Tarlov, who is white.
“You were talking about the criminal justice system,” Cain responded, “but a lot of people who are on this bandwagon are talking about America in general has all this injustice. No, it does not.”
“It does,” Tarlov interjected.
“No, it does not,” he continued, facetiously suggesting that the various “injustices” raised by Tarlov “deserve a guy kneeling at a football game.”
Cain unsuccessfully sought to become the GOP’s candidate for president both in 2000 and in 2012 and has since called for a third political party that would represent the interests of conservatives outside of the Republican establishment.
- Report from Mediaite
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