Herman Cain Pretends He Never Called Rick Perry “Insensitive” – And Sean Hannity Helps!
Reported by Ellen - October 4, 2011 -
As many know, the Washington Post recently came out with a lengthy article tying Republican candidate Rick Perry to a hunting camp called N***erhead. On ABC’s This Week Sunday (10/2/11), Herman Cain – the guy who blasted African Americans as being “brainwashed” out of voting conservative – said he found the name “insensitive” (well, who wouldn’t?) and then said, “Since Governor Perry has been going there for years to hunt, I think that shows a lack of sensitivity for a long time of not taking that word off of that rock and renaming the place.” OK, so maybe Cain has an odd set of conditions for sensitivity that just so happen to be self-serving. But on the Hannity show last night (10/3/11), Cain became even more self-serving – and less sensitive – when he assured Sean Hannity that it was the name of the camp Cain condemned, not Perry. Rather than challenge his rewriting of history, Hannity helped Cain do it.
On This Week (video below), Cain said about the N*****head camp,
“That is very insensitive. There are some words that do not basically inspire the kind of negativity like that particular word. And I know that you’ve refrained from saying that word, so I’m going to say what the word was on the rock. The name of the place was called ‘Niggerhead.’ That is very insensitive. And since Governor Perry has been going there for years to hunt, I think that shows a lack of sensitivity for a long time of not taking that word off of that rock and renaming the place. It’s just a basic case of insensitivity… It was painted over, but how long ago was it painted over? So I’m still saying that it is a sign of insensitivity.”
Hannity, the segregation apologist who once palled around with a white supremacist, had no trouble with Cain’s remarks about blacks being brainwashed. But condemning Perry for racial insensitivity was another story. Hannity wasted little time getting to it in their interview. He said, “This issue came up about Perry (and the hunting camp) and you commented on the Sunday shows about it… Now, Governor Perry’s camp has said, ‘Wait a second.’ ‘Cause you said that it was insensitive.” Hannity threw Cain a reproachful look.
Cain said, “The name on the rock is insensitive.”
Hannity continued, making Cain’s case (and Perry’s) for him. “But you weren’t addressing that towards Perry.”
“No!” Cain said emphatically. “It was the fact that it was on the rock and whoever was in charge of the rock, it was insensitive. Now the latest information that I’ve found - I’ve heard because I haven’t researched it, haven’t had time… is that in 1981, they painted over the sign.”
“The Perry family did,” Hannity prompted.
“Right,” Cain agreed. “..So what happened from 1960 to 1981? However long it was there. I’m not trying to figure out who was responsible for leaving it there, who painted it over, as long as it was there, it was insensitive. That was my whole point.”
“OK, so it’s the word, it’s not Perry,” Hannity prompted again.
“It’s the word, right,” Cain said. He added, “…I don’t believe that that word on that rock represents how Governor Perry feels about black people in America. I really don’t.
“This is the end of it for you,” Hannity prompted again.
“This is the end of it for me,” Cain agreed.
Cain's “brainwashing” comments never came up.