Sunday, July 17, 2011

Brazen Cain, Part II

Following on from my post of Friday, wherein I dissected Herman Cain's ignorant comments decrying the construction of a mosque in Murfreesboro, TN, the GOP presidential contender showed up on Fox News this morning, where it fell to host Chris Wallace to act as the voice of moderation and common sense (yeah, yeah, I know...). But like any ideologue, rather than take advantage of the rhetorical escape hatch offered by the Fox host to explain away his comments, Cain instead doubled down on the crazy, first reiterating his nonsensical "mosques violate the first amendment" equation from before, then saying communities should be able to ban them from being built (even if they're being built by the people in the communities), and finally explaining how his anti-Muslim bigotry is totally different from the bigotry he encountered when involved in the civil rights movement in the 1960s. And yep, it's as nutty as you'd expect. Is it any wonder why this guy is such a favorite of the Tea Party/nativist crowd?

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