Staunch conservative commentator Herman Cain called Democrats’ use of Black politicians to try to block the confirmation of U.S. Attorney General nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions “political theater” Thursday on the Jan. 12 edition of Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.”
Cain’s appearance on the conservative morning show comes a day after New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Rep. John Lewis of Georgia and others testified against Sessions in the confirmation hearings. Cain told the co-hosts that Democrats were using Black Democrats to tear down Sessions, who he believes to be a good man.
“This is pure political theater, No. 1,” Cain says. “Secondly, you notice the three clips were all Black men. Why? Because [Democrats] won’t tout out a white Democrat to call [Jeff Sessions] a racist. No. Let’s go get Black Democrats to call him racist.”
Sessions has come under fire for making incendiary remarks about Black people in the past. In one instance, the nominee reportedly called Black colleague and federal prosecutor Thomas H. Figures “boy.”
The Alabama senator also has gone on record calling the NAACP, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and other prominent civil rights groups were “un-American” and “Communist inspired.” When asked about the Ku Klux Klan, Sessions said that his only issue with them is that they smoke weed.
Most notably, the Senate Judiciary Committee rejected Sessions when he was nominated for a seat on U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama in 1986. He was rejected after four former colleagues testified that he made racially charged statements.
Nevertheless, Cain insisted that Sessions’ actions speak louder than his words. In Sessions’ career, he convicted a Ku Klux Klan leader and “led an effort to desegregate the schools in Alabama.” Cain unequivocally stated that the racial accusations made against Sessions have been proven false.
Cain believes Booker wants media coverage to springboard himself into the public eye.
“I believe he has aspirations to maybe run for office,” Cain says. “You see, the Democrats have a problem. They don’t have anybody in the pipeline to run for president. And Cory Booker may be one of their candidates down the road.”