Over the past week, GOP presidential contender Herman Cain has faced increasing scrutiny and ridicule from the left.
Many of the attacks he has received have come as a direct result of recent comments he has made about race and equality in America. Cain, an African American, has repeatedly stated that he doesn’t believe that race is a major factor in holding people back any longer.
We’ve already heard some sharp responses from Al Sharpton, who recently debated the authenticity of Cain’s blackness. And then there was commentary from MSNBC hosts Lawrence O’Donnell and Martin Bashir. As the Blaze reported, O’Donnell accused Cain of “sitting on those sidelines” during the civil rights movement. Bashir very similarly accused him of not doing his part to fight racism.
Now, Harry Belafonte is adding his voice to the choir of liberals who are discontented with Cain’s opinions on race on race. In July, Belafonte, who has become known for making political slams in the recent past, said that Barack Obama lacks moral courage and vision. Last year, he also publicly slammed the Tea Party.
In his most recent political comments, which were made on CNN’s “The Joy Behar Show,” Belafonte took on Cain’s claims that racism doesn’t hold African Americans back “in a big way” anymore. Here were Belafonte’s very harsh words about the presidential contender:
“Well, you know, it’s very hard to comment on somebody who is so denied intelligence and certainly someone who is as denied a view of history such as he reveals. He knows very little.
Because he happened to have had good fortune, because he happened to have had a moment when he broke through – the moment someone blinked – does not make him the authority on the plight of people of color.”
Of course, Belafonte couldn’t resist taking some jabs at the wider Republican and Tea Parties:
“The Republican party, the tea party, all those forces to the extreme right have consistently tried to come up with representations for what they call black, what they call the real Negroes [Belafonte then referred to Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell to provide examples].
They’re heroes for some people. But for a lot of us, they’re not. Herman Cain is just the latest incarnation of what is totally false for the needs of our community and the needs of our nation. I think he’s a bad apple. And people should look at his hole card. He’s not what he says he is.”
Watch his comments below:
It seems the hits just keep on coming, but Cain doesn’t seem phased. He addressed these comments, among others, with Sean Hannity on Monday evening: