People keep asking Herman Cain about his statement that he would not appoint any Muslims to serve in his cabinet if elected president, and Cain just keeps lying about it as happened again earlier this week when Cain was asked about it by the BBC’s Matthew Wells, as Think Progress reports:
Wells: You said you wouldn’t have a Muslim in your cabinet two weeks ago. Is that still your position?
CAIN: That wasn’t a statement I made. Let’s get it right. I was asked if I would be comfortable, and my response was I would not be comfortable with a terrorist in my cabinet. Not all Muslims are terrorists, but a lot of the terrorists are Muslims, so I just have to be real careful about who I put in my cabinet.
Think Progress lays out how Cain’s explanation has evolved over time as he has tried to distance himself from his original position, but for some reason nobody ever asks Cain about the unmistakable statement he made in the early days of this controversy when he openly bragged to Bryan Fischer that “I wouldn’t have Muslims in my administration”:
Cain: I have been upfront, which ruffles some feathers, but remember Bryan, being politically correct is not one of my strong points; I come at it straight from the heart and straight from the way I see it. And the comment that I made the become controversial, and that my staff keeps hoping will die, is that I wouldn’t have Muslims in my administration. And it’s real simple: the Constitution does not have room for sharia law. I want people who are going to believe and enforce the Constitution of the United States of America. And so I don’t have time, as President of the United States, to try and screen people based upon their religious beliefs – I really don’t care what your religious beliefs are, but I do know that most of the people of the Muslim faith, they believe in sharia law. And to introduce that element as part of an administration when we have all of these other issues, I think I have a right to say that I won’t.
Cain has been asked about his statement dozens of times, and every time he insists that he merely said he would be not be “comfortable” with having terrorists serve in his administration.
But that claim is absurdly false, as the above video proves.
So if reporters are going to keep asking Cain about his position, can they at least follow up his stock answer by asking him about the very clear statement he delivered to Fischer that he “wouldn’t have Muslims in my administration” and that he has every “right to say that I won’t.”