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WaPo Columnist Wonders: Are White Republicans 'Afraid to Criticize' Cain Because He's Black?

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"He needs to be held accountable."

Jonathan Capehart isn't afraid to publicly slam the GOP. In fact, the Blaze has documented his anti-Republican viewpoints before.

Thursday morning, Capehart appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," where he spoke about the GOP's reaction to Herman Cain. During the dialogue, the commentator suggested that white Republicans may be holding back their critiques of Cain because he's black.

“Why is it that Herman Cain is not being criticized? I have to tell you, I wonder if there are Republicans, white Republicans, who are just afraid to criticize a black candidate for president," he said. "And I have to say, and I say it with a hand grenade, I have to say, we’re talking about President of the United States! We’re not talking about some piddly position. He needs to be held accountable."

If these comments hold truth, though, one wonders why Republicans of all shapes and stripes have been so willing to criticize President Barack Obama. If, indeed, race is holding back commentary and critique, wouldn't this negate some of the allegations of racism that have been waged against the GOP when it comes to the party's treatment of the president?

Watch Capehart address his theories on race, below:

In a recent column, Capehart also makes it clear that he doesn't believe Cain is anywhere near prepared to assume the American presidency. He writes:

On a near-daily basis, Herman Cain, the front runner for the Republican nomination for president of the United States, denigrates the high level of expectation and preparation demanded by my mother and mothers everywhere. And with each ill-fated utterance he has me saying, “C’mon, man!” A phrase that drips with a you-should-know-better disappointment, because he is profoundly unprepared for the stage upon which he struts (and sings).

During his MSNBC appearance, Capehart went on to cite Cain's recent comments about China's nuclear capability as evidence that he may not be very knowledgeable about international affairs. Then, he compared these purported blunders to Sarah Palin's 2008 interviews with Katie Couric -- which were widely regarded as harming the vice-presidential candidate's image.

Below, watch Cain discuss China and nuclear capabilities on PBS's "NewsHour" (around 11:00):

During this election cycle, race has continued to be a theme in the political and media realms. Cain, himself, recently said, “This many white people can’t pretend that they like me." And others, like Thomas Sowell, have also weighed in on race as it pertains to the presidential contender.

It seems that this topic isn't going away anytime soon.

(H/T: Mediaite)

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