Herman Cain says Jon Stewart mocked him for being black conservative
Attendees at events featuring Atlanta businessman Herman Cain know the 2012 candidate is proud to be an “ABC,” or American Black Conservative. Cain told Iowans Wednesday that his being an ABC was exactly the reason he was singled out for mockery by a television comedian.
Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart took note of earlier Cain remarks regarding the length of legislation being passed by Congress. Cain has repeatedly stated while on the stump in Iowa that, if elected President, he would require bills to be shorter and more manageable so that everyday Americans could have time to read and understand them. During a recent stop in Pella (at an event hosted by religious conservative organization The Family Leader), Cain took the point a bit further, indicating that he would not sign a bill longer than three pages.
Stewart’s brief segment on Cain’s remarks, which aired in early June, included Stewart adopting an unimpressive southern accent to deliver such lines as “treaties will have to fit on the back of a cereal box.” But Cain had evidently not seen Stewart’s assessment when it aired. He told an Iowa Falls crowd Wednesday that he had just been introduced to the skit earlier that day while appearing on the Sean Hannity show.
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, words are not going to hurt me,” Cain said, adding that he believed Stewart unjustly attacked him with an “Amos and Andy type brogue.”
… I said in one presentation about a month ago: “No bill is going to longer than 3 pages.” Remember that. Some of these idiotic reporters thought I was serious. The joke’s on them. The message was short bills. Understandable bills. No it’s not literally going to be three pages. The executive summary will be three pages. …
I labeled my self. I’m an American Black Conservative, an A-B-C. They keep trying to put labels on me. I have been called “Uncle Tom,” “sell out,” “Oreo,” “shameless.” So the fact that he wants to mock me because I happen to be a black conservative, in the words of my Grandfather, “I does not care. I does not care.”