MSNBC Democratic strategist Karen Finney told Martin Bashir on Friday that she thinks Republicans are supporting Cain because he is "a black man that knows his place."
"Very seriously, and this is a little harsh, but one of the things about Herman Cain is, I think that he makes that white Republican base of the party feel OK, feel like they are not racist because they can like this guy. I think he is giving that base a free pass and I think they like him because they think he is a black man that knows his place. And I know that's harsh, but that's how it sure seems to me."
"Thank you for spelling that out," Bashir responded.
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(h/t: The Weekly Standard)