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Right now -- presidential candidate Herman -- Firing back after very harsh words from some famous African Americans they are furious that -- says that race is.
Is not quote holding anybody back in a big way here's the -- response from outspoken Princeton University professor Cornell west.
Well one black people been working hard for decades I think you need to get off to symbolic crack pipe and acknowledge that the evidence is overwhelming.
And Harry Belafonte called -- a quote bad apple.
And says that He was quote deny aid intelligence.
Now the presidential candidate is responding to both of these -- on Hannity last night take.
And I found offensive OK let me let me respond to -- a -- first.
Vastly differs between someone who has spent that -- in academia.
And someone who has spent about life in the real world.
I've been in -- real world he's been in academia so he's back on this symbolic stuff as far as Harry Belafonte is comment look.
I've left that Democrat plantation a long time ago.
And all that they try to do when someone like me and I'm not the only black person out there.
That share these conservative views.
The only -- that they hang out to try and intimidate me and shut me up is that called me names and end this sort of thing.
It just simply won't -- Let's -- -- Williams Fox News political analyst.
Joining me now morning to you -- and -- -- we what do you make of all this.
Well I just think you know I mean I think anybody watching this has to shake their head and expressed some private -- McCain's determination.
To be his own man and to not be intimidated by these people Herman Cain says He thinks He -- get a third of the black vote if He was running head to head against President Obama and by the way.
You hear criticism from the far left from the Cornell west from the Harry Belafonte is -- President Obama in in very loud and and graphic terms and now here they are criticizing also Herman Cain.
But I think they go after him.
With a -- dash and -- because he's a conservative and they really can't stand black conservatives they think anybody with a black conservative.
Is totally in authentic I mean it's just to me.
Evidence of how orthodox and how rigid they are in their own thinking.
It you know it's fascinating to me because they weren't.
Not as not as -- not as forceful on all of this when Herman Cain wasn't doing so well the polls now Herman Cain.
Is really asserting himself in this whole GOP nomination race is basically neck in neck.
With that Ronnie now and now you've got these folks speaking up in such a strong way against him and -- one of the other comments I heard from how Harry Belafonte and I'm gonna be paraphrasing him here.
And I wanna point that He basically said you know every once allow the GOP sort of comes up with their definition -- you know an African American politician they had.
Condi Rice He said -- had Colin Powell and now they've tried it out Herman Cain.
You know it's mind boggling why.
It's -- -- insulting.
It's -- -- you know clearly look Herman Cain is someone who has by anybody's definition.
Really persevered and made a success than himself as the businessman -- godfathers pizza is the man who was on the Federal Reserve in Kansas City.
And now He has defied all odds in terms of his success.
In the Republican primaries I don't think there's any getting away from those facts -- and I think that people should be proud of Herman Cain for doing so.
Now Herman Cain you know says He doesn't believe racism is holding anybody back in a big way I think race is still a factor in American life -- -- things anyway to get away from it.
But if -- asking me is my father.
Herman Kane's father.
You're looking at us as young as black people in America today would they say that we're better off that racism is less of a factor I think it's clearly the case and I think that when you listen to Cornell west you'd imagine we were still back.
In the 193.
You know I don't know why they're not I know why these gentlemen -- celebrate why can't they say look.
This man went to college in 1967 right after the voting rights bill was -- right after the civil rights by in this country.
Graduate from college got a good job with Pillsbury that He went on to Burger King He He made.
A great future for himself so why can't they say look.
I don't -- with his politics but let's celebrate his six -- you know it and doesn't go back in many ways want to that to the really -- of that the great society issue.
And what it is that helps to lift American citizens whether they be.
Black Americans are Hispanic Americans or anybody in this equation and whether or not helping and handouts from the government is is that is the key to success or any.
Group in this country.
You know I think that there's part of that part of that's the argument but I think it might take -- Martha is that right now.
What you get from the hard left and that's who these two represent.
In this country is concerned that somehow.
Herman Cain is being used.
To excuse -- -- -- among the Tea Party types I think they are very upset about the Tea Party success.
I think they suspect that the Tea Party is somehow racist and they think that the support that Herman Cain is getting.
From the Tea Party types the fact that He has become.
The represented about people who are against the Republican establishment all that it just as garlic and they can understand it because it totally.
It repudiate your view of what the Tea Party is and they think Herman Cain is being used in this way but.
We're trying to marginalize.
Form and backhand and it's well -- -- in no way to.
That this man is not his own man and that -- -- -- he's been co opted by the Tea Party basically brain washing is one of her -- is worth it has gotten so much attention.
Isn't that racist in a way of them to accuse him and that way of being co opted by this group.
Well let's I think I think the people who have to stand up and say you know what Herman -- -- -- own man Herman Cain can make judgments for himself Herman Cain is making -- way here in the politics in American politics the very highest level.
And I think that the people at people who are so angry at him have their own agenda and I don't think it's it's -- -- its its steep or based in reality.
Her you know -- it's Herman Cain.
To me in terms of black conservatives and you know we talk about people that you mentioned Colin Powell condi -- Clarence Thomas.
-- all these people are dumped on by that far left because they say you know what we don't feel comfortable with the idea people moving out of you know that the liberal orthodoxy but I would just quickly at you Martha that if Herman Cain rant.
I think Herman Cain is right He could attract like 30% of the black -- -- Herman Kansas.
Gospel singer church man.
He demonstrated economic strength and -- I think a lot of black people are socially.
Conservative people when you come back to the church going people and that Herman Cain would have a lot of attraction vs a liberal Barack Obama and it bat bat really well.
Against the black liberal establish.
And -- -- key you know it it would blow out of the water basically you can have a voting -- you know which really is an insult in many ways yes -- want thank you so much always good they are the -- Williams joining -- on that -- McCain is gonna join us tomorrow and with -- attacking them.
More about this this isn't very hot topic in this whole.
Race for the GOP nomination so we look forward speaking with him about that -- big given that that they do.
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