Presidential candidate Herman Cain told Fox News’ Juan Williams Monday liberal comedian Jon Stewart mocked him not because he is a black — but because Stewart cannot fathom how a black man can be a conservative. But Cain also said that Stewart’s using an “Amos-and-Andy” inflection was particularly offensive.
On his Comedy Central program “The Daily Show” last week, Stewart ridiculed Cain, saying, "No bill will be longer than three pages, treaties will be on the backs of cereal boxes. I’m Herman Cain, and I don’t like to read.”
On several occasions, Cain had attacked Congress’ propensity for excessively lengthy legislation with the quip bills should only be three-pages long.
“Jon Stewart is a comedian — I understand that,” Cain said. “But when he starts to mock the three-page joke, him being a comedian, he ought to have known that that was a joke. But he took it seriously and then he started to stretch it out with all of the other stuff.
“Now, when he mocked me in the dialect of the old ‘Amos and Andy’ — I think that was a bit much,” he said. “But you know, he is a comedian — I’m running for office. I’m a problem-solver.”
Cain stressed he doesn’t think Stewart and other liberals chastise his ideas and presidential aspirations because he is black, but because they believe blacks should not be conservatives.
“Jon Stewart does not like me, in my opinion, because I’m an American black conservative — because I’m black and conservative — I think he probably has a bigger problem with that than he does the whole race thing,” Cain said. “So, see the thing is the whole race thing is whole lot less important to me than the fact that I am conservative.”
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