Herman Cain a 'Victim' of Political Attacks?
Reaction to sexual harassment charges
- Duration 6:46
- Date Nov 8, 2011
Reaction to sexual harassment charges
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Now presidential candidate Herman Cain will hold -- formal news conference later today.
He says he'll respond to the latest allegation of sexual harassment a fourth woman who claims -- made unwanted advances.
She came forward yesterday.
-- by a -- is the first woman to go public she describes an incident she says happened to fourteen years ago.
Earlier on America's Newsroom violet told Martha MacCallum why -- she finally decided to come forward.
When I saw him running for president and I actually heard him speak and I'm sitting in the audience it with the thought kept running through my mind as -- -- boy.
I hope this man and I hope that -- nobody else had to have what happened to me.
And I really dead and I was I was gonna keep mum and I wasn't gonna say a word that this was gonna keep it inside me and the other two people.
And then you know -- -- and then when the other women Kemp came port which they sort of dead really didn't and they couldn't speaker didn't want to speak.
I had to do it.
Joining us now is Nigerian -- he is a -- campaign advisor and national spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality.
These allegations made toward Herman -- what is though the campaign's response to them.
Well I'm not speaking for of the campaign I'm a friend of Herman Cain he's a good friend of mind.
And I'm a volunteer advisor to the campaign but I'm not speaking on behalf of the campaign I am speaking on behalf of the Congress of Racial Equality.
And I'm very disturbed by what I see is nothing more than an attempted character assassination.
Using one of the more vicious charges.
-- and stereotypes.
Which I called amending go stereotyped in that of that being.
The -- sex black skinned black man.
That has been used unfairly.
For a couple of centuries in our country.
And I think what these character assassins these attempt -- character assassins.
Don't realize is they under estimate the decency.
Of the American people and they underestimate.
The ability of the American people to read past this BS well but about that now I think it is about.
An hour ago we had Karl Rove on our -- who says he believes -- these allegations are going to take a serious soul unless the bloodletting.
Is -- on stride away.
I -- up cautioned Carl I would caution.
Conservative members of the conservative elite.
That sexual harassment that day is being used as a powerful political weapon the same way that the race -- to -- Is used as a powerful political weapon.
I would caution these leaks in the conservative media as well as the liberal media.
Do you really think it's just gonna end this political tool is just gonna end with Herman Cain.
I I cautioned them to be careful about what they say.
Your candidate Herman Cain and and by the way we were told that you are speaking on behalf of the campaign so.
I'll just leave it at that.
I well I can't I can't because I'm not.
I'm -- let anybody kid I'm Herman Cain is my friend went on the -- advisor but if we go on behalf of court John all right.
The campaign it.
It is quite clear that Herman Cain didn't exactly have the story straight the first time he addressed.
The first couple of accusations that came out revolving around his time at the NRA he he changed his story what do you think about the job look.
That he did in addressing to the first round of accusations.
I will quote Marc Bloch who say it that they could've done a better job coming out of the gate in dealing with those charges.
I think there's no question that some mistakes were made in handling of it but that does not take away from the lack of credibility.
That -- -- like cats.
In her presentation where she giggled and smiled.
Several times during the presentation -- it -- -- the -- it it it it doesn't take away from her lack of credit a credible story why didn't take her fourteen years to come forward with these charges.
That's it that's exactly the kinds of questions that I would hope that the media would start demanding.
I think they would they need to start looking at the fact that she's had a couple of bankruptcies.
That she's been unemployed for several years I'm not saying that that that undermines the credibility.
But it might go to what her financial motives may be she has not been that she is not -- that she will not take a dollar.
For coming out here as she looks at it at case like Anita Hill.
Who has become the patron saint of sexual harassment and it's gotten quite wealthy from being the patron saint 404 for sexual harassment.
Essentially doing the same type of last minute twelve hour character assassination that missed by that is doing here.
Do you think your friend Herman Cain is the victim here of of these attacks simply because he is a public figure because he's running for president.
I think there's no question.
That he's a victim of these unfair.
Unfounded anonymous in many cases the tax.
And by the way I don't think it's just gonna stop here I think you know and it's it's now look an episode of Dancing With The Stars -- Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?.
You now have -- that are just gonna come out of the woodwork to attack them to try to get their fifteen minutes of fame and maybe get.
Fifteen dollars a fortunate along with the fifteen minutes.
Of fame and I think he is a victim and I would caution those within the conservative movement that.
Our our our aren't discarding Herman Cain do you really believe that this new political weapon or revived political weapon of sexual harassment.
-- just clinic and with Herman Cain.
Is that -- sounds almost like a threat directed at conservatives as it.
It is a threat absolutely it's it's it's a threat -- more than what residential is an address for you don't.
No it's not a threat not at all but now I it's not a threat to -- I don't play those games but what I am saying is it is -- warning.
But those who would -- -- guard Herman Cain.
From those who would just just throw him to the wolves it's not connect and there.
You are empowering.
These people that just like you have a race industry.
A race car industry you now have a sexual harassment industry and what is tragic about this of course.
Is that there are truly victims female victims.
Of sexual harassment but it's going to come a point with the American people are gonna say this is let the boy who cried wolf.
Niger and -- as a friend of Herman cain's.
-- thank you thank you John.